Apr 30, 2017 Last Updated 1:50 PM, Apr 28, 2017

SolarReserve and ACWA construct 100MW solar plant

ABN – SolarReserve and ACWA Power have been granted permission by the South African Department of Energy to construct a 100 megawatt solar power plant in Kimberley.

A thermal energy-storage system will be included in the plant to help balance supply and demand.

The storage system will provide dispatchable power on-demand, which is similar to conventional coal, oil nuclear and natural gas power plants without the emissions.

During construction Redstone will create 800 jobs and US$520 million income tax over the first 20 years of operation.

Financial close for the project is expected this year as well as the signing of a power-purchase agreement with Eskom Holdings SOC.

Production at the Redstone plant is scheduled for early 2018.


Total completes flare out of Nigerian field

ABN – The flare out of Total’s Ofon field offshore Nigeria has been completed.

Associated gas of the Ofon field on Oil Mining Lease 102 is now being compressed and evacuated to shore where it will then be monetized via Nigeria LNG.

The flare-out will allow the gradual increase of production at the field towards the 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) target.

Guy Maurice, senior vice president Africa at Total Exploration & Production, said: “The flare-out of the Ofon field illustrates our commitment to developing oil and gas resources around our existing hubs in Nigeria.

“This important milestone of the Phase 2 of the Ofon project was achieved in a context of high levels of local content.”

Initial production started at the field in 1997 with a current production rate of around 25,000 boe/d.


Juwi to construct 89MW South African solar plant

ABN – Juwi Renewable Energies is set to construct its biggest solar installation yet, an 89 megawatt solar plant in South Africa.

The Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska solar park will be built for Sonnedix in the Northern Cape Province.

South Africa’s Department of Energy selected the project under the national Renewable Energy Procurement programme in October 2013.

Greg Austin, juwi South Africa’s managing director, said: “We are proud to realise this milestone project and delighted to, once again, be playing a key role in adding substantial amounts of clean energy to the South African electricity grid.”

Construction of the project is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2015. 


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