February 12 (Renewables Now) - The South African green power unit of Italian energy major Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) said today it has initiated construction work on the 140-MW Nxuba wind park in Amathole.
Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA) will build the facility, its third in the Eastern Cape province, at a total cost of over EUR 200 million (USD 225.65m). Nxuba is expected to start operations by September 2020 generating more than 460 GWh of electricity per year and offsetting some 500,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
The wind farm has a 20-year power supply contract with South African energy utility Eskom. It was awarded to Enel in the 2015 Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), in which the company secured a total of five schemes with a combined capacity of 700 MW.
Currently, EGP RSA has more than 520 MW of wind and solar plants in operation in South Africa.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.13)