Cennergi, a 50:50 joint venture between mining conglomerate Exxaro Resources and India’s Tata Power, achieved Commercial Operations for its 95 MW Tsitsikamma Community Wind farm (TCWF) Wind Farm Project this week. It’s the second wind farm of the energy company to achieve commercial operations this year.
Cennergi was selected as the preferred bidder for two wind projects under the second window of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP).
“The commissioning of the Tsitsikamma 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, while addressing the country’s short-term electricity needs,” says Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo.
Cennergi CEO Thomas Garner adds that the commissioning was a culmination of many years of hard work and dedication from the Cennergi team, in partnership with its stakeholders. He also paid tribute to the late Mike Mcebisi Msizi and the Tsitsikamma Mfengu for bringing the opportunity to Exxaro in 2009.
“It is a privilege to have community partners that have joined hands with Cennergi to write a new narrative for development in South Africa. We will assist and support the Tsitsikamma Mfengu community to use this project to further determine their ideal future.”
Garner further says: “TCWF is Cennergi’s second wind farm that has reached its operational phase in the last 30 days and marks the company’s start in growing its vision to be a leader in cleaner energy in Africa, thereby creating value for its stakeholders.”
Cennergi is an energy business that envisions becoming the leading independent power producer in Southern Africa. In powering progress in the region, Cennergi pursues an aspirational grid emissions factor between 0.3 and 0.5 – lower than the carbon footprint of the region. Cennergi is committed to generating cleaner energy through a mixed portfolio of generation assets including wind, solar, hydro, coal and co-generation.
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%