Gibson Bay: Wind Power in Record Time

Published on Thursday, 11 May 2017

“It’s exciting going to work every day in an environment that gives you the opportunity to build something that can change lives and last long enough to le to show your children.”

– Boikanyo Mabone, Project Manager EGP at Gibson Bay

Clean Energy and Employment

Gibson Bay is the second wind farm that we’ve brought into operation in South Africa and is out largest of this technology in the country, where we now operate 7 plants with an installed capacity of more than 520 MW between wind and solar energy.

From the inauguration of the Upington photovoltaic field, Enel Green Power’s firstplant connected to the South African grid, to the completion of Gibson Bay wind farm, l three years have passed, during which EGP’s presence in South Africa has grown tremendously.

“Our investment in renewable energy has created employment opportunities and new skills in South Africa.”

– William Price, EGP Country Manager for South Africa

The wind farm is supported by a 20-year energy supply agreement with the South African utility Eskom, signed following a tender from the South African government as part of the REIPPPP Programme (Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme), awarded to the Enel Group.

Not Only Technology

The construction of Gibson Bay has given us the chance to form close relationships with the local communities.

As is now customary for EGP in all the countries and projects where it is involved, in the case of the wind farm in the municipality of Kouga, we didn’t just bring technology.Alongside the 37 turbines, the 50 Km of electrical cables we worked with communities using our Creating Shared Value model.

“Together with the local NGO Soul Provider we supported a school nutrition programme that has reached 2850 children in the area of Port Elizabeth.”

Our commitment to the youth of South Africa has also led us to launch a project that will provide free Wi-Fi to schools in the most disadvantaged areas, with about 1,000 students.

The Gibson Bay project has also given us the opportunity to improve the infrastructure of the area by building, among other things, more than 40 Km of road that will contribute to circulation, with economic and social benefits for the entire population.