Belgium company plans R1,2bn Eastern Cape wind farm
Africa|Coega Development Corporation|Education|Electrawinds Belgium|Industrial|PROJECT|Projects|Renewable Energy|Renewable-Energy|Turbines|Africa|Europe|Belgium|South Africa|Energy|Renewable Energy Producer|Eastern Cape|Environmental|Dipuo Peters|Emil Unger|Jan Dewulf|Paul Lochner|Power|Turbines|Eastern Cape|FIFA World Cup
© Reuse this
Belgium’s largest renewable energy producer, Electrawinds Belgium, is planning to build a R1,2-billion wind farm in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape.
The company is currently finalising a feasibility study for setting up the commercial wind farm, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) announced on Friday.
The wind farm project would see about 25 wind turbines, of 2,3 MW each, being built in the Coega IDZ.
The project would be fully operational by 2011, but Electrawinds plans to have the first turbine in place by May next year – before the start of the FIFA World Cup.
Electrawinds has appointed the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to conduct the environmental-assessment study for the project.
“The single wind turbine and wind measuring mast in phase one require that a basic assessment is undertaken, with this process having commenced in August,” said CSIR environmental assistant Paul Lochner.
Energy Minister Dipuo Peters recently said that South Africa seeks to commission 400 MW of wind power by independent power producers within the next three years.
The country has a target of installing 10 000 GWh of renewable energy capacity by 2013.
RENEWABLE ENERGY SKILLS POOL
Meanwhile, Electrawinds announced that it would offer educational scholarships to top local students who were interested in furthering their studies in renewable energy.
“We want to invest in both turbines and people. We want to give young people in the region a chance at the right education so that, in time, they will be able to monitor our projects in South Africa,” said Electrawinds business development director Jan Dewulf.
He said that Electrawind would fully manage the training programme and would also be responsible for selecting the students, in consultation with the CDC.
These students would be referred to South African universities that offered suitable programmes and for those who wish to specialise further there was a postgraduate programme offered in Europe.
Emil Unger who represents Electrawinds in South Africa said that the implementation of the education programme would ensure that the country had a pool from which to draw qualified renewable energy specialists, something that currently did not exist.
Edited by: Mariaan Webb
© Reuse this
Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Electricity News
Commenting in his capacity as chairperson of the Presidential Infrastructure Championing Initiative (PICI), President Jacob Zuma this week provided an update on the progress of several cross-border and regional infastructure projects championed by the heads-of-State...
Gauteng Premier David Makhura and JSE CEO Nicky Newton-King after a meeting with JSE-listed companies on Friday
Gauteng Premier David Makhura has promised to outline a comprehensive energy plan in his upcoming State of the Province address, acknowledging that without direct interventions to bolster security of electricity supply the province’s industrialisation vision could be...
An 8.5 MW solar field due to be officially launched in Rwanda next week, is set to boost the Central African State’s energy generation capacity by 6%, solar project developer Gigawatt Global has revealed. The landmark $23.7-million project is built on land owned by...
SAA acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has assured that loss-making national carrier South African Airlines (SAA) will not receive another bailout from government, noting that the most recent R6.4-billion government guarantee had only been provided in support of an intensive...
South Africa's cumulative trade deficit was R95.3-billion in 2014, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) said on Friday. In 2013, it was R71.4-billion, Sars said in a statement.
Certain regulatory approvals remain outstanding in Telkom’s proposed R2.67-billion takeover of JSE-listed Business Connexion (BCX), the parties said in an update to shareholders on Friday. BCX noted in the statement that the Competition Authority of Botswana had...
Recent Research Reports
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
This Week's Magazine
The international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope – which is to be jointly hosted by South Africa and Australia with, later, outstations in other countries – may not yet exist, but international scientific working groups are already deciding what...
A free Web-based solar power plant capacity-planning tool offers project planners and developers, as well as governments, a means to assess the solar energy potential of thin-film solar PV power over an area of land. The tool was developed by thin-film solar...
As yet, no specific methodology, timeline or costs have been finalised to remedy the water ingress, excessive to contractual specifications, into the Gautrain tunnel between emergency shaft two (E2) and Park Station, says Bombela Concession Company technical and...
The group highlighted that executive strategic interventions and other group-wide business improvement imperatives were progressing favourably
The “seriously disruptive” electricity outages in South Africa have cost packaging group Astrapak more than R2-million in “irrecoverable downtime costs”, the company said on Monday, adding that the power cuts were negating some of the benefit of energy saving...
Bakkies and more affordable cars dominated South Africa’s new vehicle market in 2014. Unaudited data from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) shows that South Africa’s most popular vehicle in 2014 was the Toyota Hilux, selling 37 562 units.