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Since highlighting the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) as an ideal location to host a gas to power plant last year, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has initiated an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study for the gas to power programme and explored the SEZ’s full potential beyond the current allocation of 1000MW.

CDC woows gas to power programmeHub for South Africa’s Energy mix approach: bird’s eye view of the Dedisa
Power Peaking Plant together with the Lay down area. Both projects have
played an integral role in the country’s energy mix approach.

The Minister of Energy, Mamokolo Kubayi, said that the Coega SEZ is one of the preferred locations identified to host the gas to power plant on a recent visit to the area, and identified the CDC as an important partner to assist the department in implementing some of the projects that are currently going at a snail's pace. To date, he CDC has successfully attracted R4 billion worth of energy projects.

These projects include the R3,5 billion Dedisa Peaking Power Plant, with a capacity of 342MW. IN addition, a R9 million lay down area for normal and abnormal cargo has played an integral role in the regional connection of wind power. The lay down area in Zone 1 of the Coega SEZ is located on the boundary between the Port of Ngqura and the Coega SEZ and covers 12 hectares. The CDC has also invested in a million rand 48KW Solar Plant, which feeds power to the CDC head office.

“For us, what is of utmost importance is developing an industrial and commercial energy offtake market in the Eastern Cape and specifically the Nelson Mandela Bay,” says Sandisiwe Ncemane, CDC’s Energy Sector Manager, who adds that the gas to power programme would be a great fit for the organization in light of its earlier successes.

 

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