Cennergi (Pty) Ltd, the South African based 50:50 joint venture between Exxaro Resources, the JSE-listed and black-owned diversified company, and Tata Power, achieved Commercial Operations for its 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm Project today.
Cennergi was selected as the “Preferred Bidder” for two wind projects under the second window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) by the South African government. Cennergi’s second wind project is also expected to go into commercial operations shortly.
Exxaro’s, CEO, Mxolisi Mgojo said, “the commissioning of the Amkhala Emoyeni Wind farm fulfils Exxaro’s vision of extending its position in the energy value chain beyond coal. In addition, it is a tangible commitment to our environmental stewardship to reduce the impacts of carbon emissions in the medium to long term, whilst addressing the country’s short term electricity needs in the short term.
Speaking on achieving this milestone, Thomas Garner, CEO, Cennergi, said, “The commissioning of Amakhala Emoyeni Wind farm, Cennergi’s first operational asset is a culmination of many years of hard and dedicated work from the Cennergi team in partnership with its stakeholders. It marks the company’s start in growing its vision to be a leader in cleaner energy in Africa, thereby creating value for its stakeholders.” Garner also said, “Cennergi, and Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm stays committed to its values of partnering with land owners, communities, local government and all other stakeholders to ensure empowerment of the local communities and especially historically disadvantaged people.”
Background on the Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm project:
The Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm project is a 134 MW installed capacity wind farm located near the town of Bedford in the Eastern Cape. It has an excellent wind resource and close proximity to infrastructure, most importantly the national grid. The project was developed by Windlab in 2010 and Cennergi bought the rights to the project and submitted it into the DoE’s REIPPP Window 2 in March 2012. The Project received Preferred Bidder status in round 2 and achieved Financial close in May 2013. Construction only started in June 2014 due to extensive upgrades required to the Eskom Poseidon substation and associated infrastructure to enable the project to deliver its generated electricity to the grid.
Nordex was awarded the EPC as well as the O&M contracts. The project involved the installation of 56 Nordex 2.4MW N117 Wind Turbines. It is the first SA project using the Nordex N117/2400 turbines which has been specially developed for low-wind sites. Thanks to a rotor diameter of 117 meters and a rotor sweep of 10,715 square meters, the N117/2400 was awarded the accolade for the most efficient IEC 3 turbines in its class in 2011.
Project Quick Facts:
Location: Near Bedford, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Technology: 56 Nordex 2.4MW N117 Wind Turbines
Size: 134 MW
PPA: 20 year government supported PPA with Eskom
COD: 28 July 2016
Bedford Community Wind Farm Trust 2.5%
Cookhouse Community Wind Farm Trust 2.5%
The wind farm is located on 4 farms with a total of 39km of internal roads and 29 gates between the various grazing camps located on the farms. The project involved local businesses to assist in the removal of endangered plant species before construction and their rehabilitation into the land to ensure minimal impact to the biodiversity of the site. The project achieved 96% compliance score from the IFC during their environmental audit of the site.
During the construction period of the project, it supported various social upliftment projects in the area. In the town of Bedford, the project supports a Waste Management project. The project provides a means for temporary upliftment for those in need, whilst driving towards a cleaner Bedford town. The project will improve the carbon footprint of our NXUBA municipality and also keep the local Bedford dumping site clean from glass and tins.
One of AE01 Subcontractors, CONCO (Consolidated Power Projects) made a donation of 4 x mobile labs towards the Maths and Science Development Program currently running in Bedford and Cookhouse Primary. The labs are to be utilised by the learners during practical tasks.
The project also supports a Maths and Science Development Programme. These are Saturday classes hosted between Bedford and Cookhouse Primary School from grade 4 to grade 9 and subjects covered are Mathematics, Life Orientation and English. We are also assisting Tutors for Grade 10 to Grade 12 at Cookhouse Secondary and Lonwabo Secondary School with training to improve their management of lessons.
The project are also involved in small upliftment projects that involve supporting a fun-run days during World AIDS day, celebrating Mandela day by supporting the Early Childhood Centres in Cookhouse with Garden Materials and Seeds and providing internships to local youths from the surrounding communities.