South Africa: Construction begins at Garob wind farm

04 Jul 2019

Enel Green Power RSA (EGP), a subsidiary of Italy’s Enel, announced on 2 July that construction is under way at its 140MW Garob wind farm, located near Copperton in South Africa’s Northern Cape. The €200m project is Enel’s fifth wind plant in the country. Enel has stakes in 12 projects which have been selected through the renewable energy independent power producer programme (REIPPP).

Garob will use 46 turbines to generate around 573GWh/yr when the plant becomes operational in 2021. Germany’s juwi is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. EGP owns 60% of the project alongside Khana Energy – a joint venture between Red Cap Consult and Gamiro Investment Group – which owns 30% and a community trust which holds a 10% stake.

The project, Enel’s first in the Northern Cape, was selected in the fourth round of the REIPPP alongside four other 140MW wind projects: Karusa, Nxuba, Oyster Bay, and Soetwater. The start of construction of Oyster Bay was announced on 27 May. EGP began work on 141MW Nxuba in February. Construction of Karusa and Soetwater is expected in H2 2019. Absa Bank and Nedbank agreed a €950m loan package covering all five wind projects in August 2018.

“With the start of construction of Garob, we have reached yet another important milestone in South Africa, just weeks after breaking ground at the Oyster Bay wind project”, EGP chief executive Antonio Cammisecra said. “Looking ahead, we will continue to break ground on the projects we were awarded in South Africa and to launch shared value initiatives for local communities, while scouting for further sustainable growth opportunities in the country’s renewable industry.”

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