Enel starts building 3rd wind farm of 140 MW in S Africa

The 111 MW Gibson Bay wind farm, located in the Kouga Municipality of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Photo by Enel Green Power. All rights reserved.

July 2 (Renewables Now) - Italy’s Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL), through its renewables arm Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), has launched construction of the 140-MW Garob wind farm in the Northern Cape province in South Africa.

Enel said Tuesday it would invest over EUR 200 million (USD 226m) in what will be the company’s third wind power project in the country since the beginning of 2019. EGP is already building Nxuba and Oyster Bay wind farms, both of 140 MW, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.

The Garob wind farm, with its 46 wind turbines capable of producing around 573 GWh each year, is expected to start generating power by the first half of 2021.

The new farm is one of five wind projects totalling 700 MW that EGP won in the fourth bidding round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Besides Nxuba, Oyster Bay and Garob, Enel’s other awarded schemes include the 140-MW Karusa and the 140-MW Soetwater wind farm projects, both located in the Northern Cape.

EGP currently operates more than 520 MW of wind and solar capacity in South Africa. In the wind power department, the company has the 88-MW Nojoli and the 111-MW Gibson Bay wind farms in operation in the Eastern Cape.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.13)

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