Iberdrola Engineering secures €114.5 million contract for project in South Africa
The contract, signed today in Johannesburg, includes engineering, equipment supply, civil works, erection and commissioning of the renewable installation.
The power plant, to be called Jasper PV, is part of a project led by the American company Solar Reserve. It will be located near the town of Postmasburg in Northen Cape Province. It will feature more than 325,000 polycrystalline modules will occupy about 180 hectares.
Iberdrola Engineering's local partner on the project with the South African company Group Five.
In addition to the duties already mentioned, the project partners will be responsible for the development of transformer substation will evacuate power plant and an overhead electrical line of 132 kilovolts (kV) that connects the infrastructure with the national network. Finally, both companies also carry out the operation and maintenance over the next 15 years.
This project is part of Round 2 of IPP Programme Renewable Energy Department of South Africa, by which it has been assigned the construction of eight photovoltaic plants and seven wind farms.
The Renewable Energy IPP Program is an ambitious program that will bid through five rounds, a total capacity of 3,725 MW. The South African government has recently announced its intention to launch a new renewable energy program, after completion of the current, to add another 3,200 MW of clean generation to the grid by 2020.
Strengthens its presence in South Africa
This contract consolidates Iberdrola Engineering position as a global presence in the renewable energy sector, and also strengthens the company's presence in South Africa, a country that has become key to its corporate strategy.
Already this year, Iberdrola Engineering has been awarded a contract for the construction of two wind farms.
These two facilities, called Noblesfontein and Klipheuwel, totaling a combined capacity of 101 MW and are located to the southwest of the country, in the state of Western Cape, near Cape Town.
The two parks will also be developed in partnership with Group Five, which is one of the largest South African construction companies, with a presence throughout sub-Saharan Africa.