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134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm achieves commercial operations

By Cennergi on 29 July 2016
Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm near Bedford in South Africa's Eastern Cape (Image credit: Glenn McCreath commissioned by GIZ)

Cennergi (Pty) Ltd, the South African based 50:50 joint venture between Exxaro Resources and Tata Power, achieved Commercial Operations for its 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm Project this week. Cennergi was selected as the "Preferred Bidder" for two wind projects under the second window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) by the South African government. The company’s second wind project is also expected to go into commercial operations shortly.

Speaking on achieving this milestone for the wind farm located near the small town of Bedford in South Africa's Eastern Cape, Thomas Garner, CEO of Cennergi, said that “the commissioning of Amakhala Emoyeni Wind farm, Cennergi’s first operational asset is a culmination of many years of hard and dedicated work from the Cennergi team in partnership with its stakeholders.  It marks the company’s start in growing its vision to be a leader in cleaner energy in Africa, thereby creating value for its stakeholders."

Exxaro’s, CEO, Mxolisi Mgojo said, “The commissioning of the Amkhala Emoyeni 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, whilst addressing the country’s short term electricity needs in the short term.”

"Cennergi, and Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm stay committed to our values of partnering with land owners, communities, local government and all other stakeholders to ensure empowerment of the local communities and especially historically disadvantaged people." added Garner.

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