Ambassador Barbier visits the Avon Peaking Power project [fr]
On 19 June 2015, Ambassador of France to South Africa HE Elisabeth Barbier visited the site of the Avon Peaking Power project in Shakaskraal north of Durban.
She was accompanied by Construction Director Pascal Bourdeaux and Sarah Doignon, Director of the Alliance Française in Durban.
The 685 MW Avon Peaking Power plant (and the 335 MW Dedisa Peaking Power plant in Port Elizabeth), two open-gas peaking power projects, will be the first large scale independent power producer (IPP) based projects in South Africa, outside the country’s renewable energy programme, following a power purchase agreement (PPA) entered into with state owned power utility Eskom.
These projects will sell electricity to Eskom for 15 years from their completion through the two power generation plants.
The plant has been designed to cover the ‘peak-hour’ demand of the grid and is able to start from 0 to full load in less than 30 minutes.
The agreement for the Avon Peaking Power project was signed in 2013 and construction started in April 2014. Commercial operation is scheduled to start in April 2016, adding 685 MW to the national grid.
The plant currently employs 1500 people - 97% South Africans and about 25% locally employed.
Due to a tight power supply and demand balance, the South African government instituted the Integrated Resource Plan 2010, a power development plan which will double South Africa’s power capacity from about 44 GW at present to approximately 80 GW by 2030.