Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, has announced that Cennergi (Pty) Ltd, Tata Power’s 50:50 joint venture with Exxaro Resources in South Africa, achieved Commercial Operations for its 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm Project yesterday. 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. Cennergi’s second wind project is also expected to go into commercial operations shortly.
Cennergi will focus on the investigation of feasibility, development, ownership, operation, maintenance, acquisition and management of electricity generation projects in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. The initial project pipeline focuses on renewable energy projects in South Africa and Cennergi’ s strategy is to create a balanced portfolio of generation assets.
Speaking on achieving this milestone, Mr. Anil Sardana, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Power, said, “Tata Power has been pursuing growth opportunities in India and overseas. Our successful partnership with Exxaro represented a significant move towards augmenting our global footprint and resulted in Cennergi becoming preferred bidder for two wind projects. The commissioning of Amakhala Wind farm, Tata Power’s first wind project outside India, marks the company’s continued progress on its objectives of enhancing non-fossil based generation portfolio up to 30-40% of its total generating capacity and thereby creating value for its stakeholders. We would further like to thank the Department of Energy, Republic of South Africa, Eskom, our partners Exxaro Resources, Nordex (our WTG supplier), lenders to the project and all the community stakeholders for their contribution towards successful implementation of this project.”
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