- The wind farm is situated in Eastern Cape province and is scheduled to reach completion by the second quarter of 2021.
- The total investment made in the facility’s construction amounts to approximately €180 million.
Enel Green Power S.p.A. (Enel), a renowned Italian multinational renewable energy firm, has reportedly announced that its subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA has kicked off the construction of the 140 MW Oyster Bay wind farm.
Reports cite, the facility is situated in the Kouga Local Municipality, which lies in the nation’s Eastern Cape province. The total investment made in the facility, which is the company’s fourth wind project in South Africa, amounts to approximately €180 million.
According to a report by REnews, the proposed wind farm is supported by a local utility, Eskom, through a 20-year long power supply agreement. The agreement is a part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program, an initiative of the government of South Africa.
The Head of Enel Green Power, Antonio Cammisecra stated that with the commencement of the company’s fourth wind project, Enel, through its initiatives to produce shared value & zero-emission energy, continues to make contributions to the region’s socio-economic development. Cammisecra further added, the initiatives include the model implemented at the new site as well as the sustainability activities which focus on technical & scientific education in the region around the project. Enel further intends to harness the nation’s abundant renewable resources and establish a circle of development, education and sustainable energy generation.
Once complete and fully operational, the 41-turbine wind farm is projected to generate approximately 568 GWh of power annually, avoiding yearly carbon emissions of approximately 590,000 tons. The company would be employing innovative methods & tools to carry out the wind park construction activities to enhance the overall quality of the construction.
The wind farm is reportedly scheduled to reach completion and be fully operational by the second quarter of 2021.