A 10MWp solar PV plant to supply the Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant in South Africa is due to be commissioned in Q3 2021, Pan African Resources Plc told African Energy Live Data. The mining company said that the project had not been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The facility will be located will be located on a previously disturbed site at the Evander mines which is eligible for an environmental impact assessment waiver. juwi South Africa is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor and began work on the plant in Q1 2021.
Pan African said that the exact commissioning date will depend upon when a generation licence is received from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, although public hearings have already been held without significant objections. Another factor is negotiations between Pan African and national utility Eskom over integration with the grid.
Image: Elikhulu tailings solar PV plant. Source: African Energy Live Data.
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