Mar 22, 2018 Last Updated 12:45 PM, Mar 21, 2018

Acciona opens Africa’s largest solar plant

ABN – Spanish company Acciona Energy has started operations at the Sishen photovoltaic power plant – the highest-capacity solar facility in Africa.

The South African plant has a peak capacity of 94.3 megawatts and will generate 216 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year.

Located in the Dibeng municipality of the Northern Cape province, Sishen is the first photovoltaic facility built by Acciona in South Africa and opens the door to further growth in the country.

Acciona CEO Rafael Mateo described the opening of Sishen, which is also the largest solar plant the company has built, as a major milestone.

“We are pleased to be contributing to compliance with South Africa’s objectives in achieving a more sustainable energy system, creating jobs and added value in the country in the process,” he said.

Sishen was one of the projects to win the second round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP), targeted to increase the country’s renewable capacity.

It is owned 51% by Acciona, 29% by South African infrastructure company Aveng, 10% by health and social change organisation Soul City Broad-Based Empowerment Company (SCBBEC) and 10% by development agency Local Community Trust.


South Africa plans to triple renewable capacity

ABN – South Africa has committed to tripling the electricity it gets from renewable energy sources in an attempt to put an end to its rolling power blackouts.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe told reporters in Pretoria that energy from biomass, wind, solar and hydropower will contribute 11.4 gigawatts to the grid in the future, although no time frame was given.

The country is currently auctioning off 3,725 megawatts of renewable development through five bidding rounds worth an estimated US$12 billion.

Radebe said that the country’s insufficient power capacity, made up mostly of aging coal-fired plants, remains a challenge.

“All attempts are being made to ensure that we overcome the tight energy situation,” he added.


South Africa and Mozambique linked by new pipeline

ABN – The South African and Mozambican authorities are working together on the construction of a new gas pipeline that links the two countries.

A technical and commercial feasibility study is currently being carried out on the project by the SACOIL Holdings (LSE: SAC) group.

The US$6 billion pipeline will stretch across 2,600 kilometres and will link the natural gas reserves discovered in the Rovuma sedimentary basin in Cabo Delgado to South Africa.

Mozambique also has plans to build other facilities near the reserve to make use of the natural gas in several provinces.

Once constructed this pipeline will be the second linking the two countries together.


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