EGP starts construction on Karusa, Soetwater wind farms in South Africa
November 07, 2019 – Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), the renewable subsidiary of Italian energy company Enel, has started construction on €400m ($446.1m) Karusa and Soetwater wind farms in South Africa.
The wind farms will have an installed capacity of 140MW each.
Both projects are located in the Karoo Hoogland district in Northern Cape Province and are expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
Both wind farms are each expected to generate more than 585GWh annually, each avoiding annual emission of 611,000 tonnes of CO2.
To support the wind farms, the company has entered into a 20-year power supply agreement with South African energy utility Eskom under the government’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) programme.
During the construction, the firm is expected to use advanced tools and practices, such as advanced digital platforms and software solutions, to monitor and remotely support the activities on the sites and plant commissioning.
The company also plans to use digital tools for quality controls on site and smart tracking of wind turbine components.
The processes and tools used in the construction are aimed at allowing swifter, accurate and reliable collection of data, improving the quality of construction and facilitating communication between on-site and off-site teams.
Enel Green Power CEO Antonio Cammisecra said: “With the start of construction of Karusa and Soetwater, we are now building five wind projects in South Africa, for a total installed capacity of around 700 MW, which is further evidence of our ability to supply emission-free energy to this country, supporting its transition towards renewables.
“This robust pipeline of projects under construction comes on top of the major portfolio of wind and solar assets that we have already commissioned thanks to the determination and commitment with which we have worked in South Africa since we first started our development activities in the country, back in 2011.
“We are showing the same determination when it comes to innovation and sustainability, as all of our plants are being built through state-of-the-art technology and sustainable construction practices, while creating local employment and income opportunities.”
The company said that it is committed to employing local staff and hiring local contractors in the construction process.