Eskom expects first Sere wind unit to be operating by late 2013

Engineering News 20 August 2012

Power utility Eskom has submitted a licence application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for its proposed 100 MW Sere wind farm project, to be developed near Vredendal, in the Western Cape, for around R3-billion.

Should Eskom receive the 20-year sanction being sought, the first unit could be operational by October 2013, with the final unit being installed by May 2014.

(Editorial note: I wonder why Eskom is treated differently to the other generators? Why didn’t Eskom bid for licences along with the other IPPs? Was the funding allocation fair?Will the other IPPs be treated fairly by Eskom when it comes to buying power or will Sere be given preference? Roll on the Independent System and Market Operator).