The 335MW Dedisa Peaking Power plant at Port Elizabeth announced the start of commercial operations on 2 October. The plant is owned by Engie, South Africa’s Legend Power Solutions, Mitsui & Co, and local community group The Peaker Trust, which owns 10%. With the 670MW Avon peaking power project near Durban, it is South Africa’s first large-scale independent power project originated by the Department of Energy. The power generated by these two open-cycle gas turbine power plants will be sold to Eskom under a 15-year power purchase agreement. Construction of Dedisa by a consortium of Italy’s Ansaldo Energia and Fata Group started in September 2013.
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