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South Africa, Where Quality and Safety Go Hand in Hand

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South Africa, Where Quality and Safety Go Hand in Hand

In 2016, we successfully launched construction of six plants for a total capacity of more than 520 MW: 3,000 people involved and more than 4 million working hours without a single accident.

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Six plants under construction in 2016, more than 3,000 people involved and 4 million working hours without any accidents. Often, numbers aren’t enough to describe the value of a given job, but in this case, they can help.

Enel Green Power is present in almost all the South African provinces with two wind farms (Nojoli and Gibson Bay) and five solar farms (Upington, Paleisheuwel, Tom Burke, Adams and Pulida), for an overall capacity of over 520 MW, allowing us to produce enough energy to meet the energy needs of hundreds of thousands of households. All of our construction sites were completed in respect of maximum quality standards, respecting timelines and costs and with levels of safety so high that not one accident occurred during construction.


"We’ve finally crossed the threshold of 500 MW in South Africa. Thanks to the incredible work of the entire team, EGP successfully closed 6 construction sites while guaranteeing maximum quality and safety."
Lamberto Dai Pra’, Area Manager Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia


The secret to success? An extraordinary team

Behind every great achievement there is also a great team. Since our entrance in South Africa, the Enel Green Power team has gone to work to assess the feasibility of each project, launch a fruitful dialogue with local communities and minimise any impact arising from construction.


"Starting up six construction sites in a new country at the same time is a challenge for any company. First, it’s necessary to identify the needs of each specific area and of the communities involved."
Alexandros Kalargyros, Head of Construction Sub-Saharan Area

During the execution phases, the teams at each construction site and safety specialists worked in close contact in order to ensure the best result, more than 5 million of working hours without accidents. In all of our activities, we aim for the goal of “Zero Accidents”, incentivising and sharing a safety culture among of our partners.


"Full interaction between HSEQ and all the internal and external business partners, training, coaching, communication awareness initiatives are only few of the main elements to guarantee a safe work environment."
Nthabiseng Mosehle, HSEQ South Africa

Quality and dialogue in addition to safety

EGP’s South African plants came into operation in respect of every timeline and budget planned. We created jobs for the local population, who received appropriate training through specific programmes dedicated to quality and safety at work.


"Once you understand the real needs of the local communities, work can proceed without any problems. Dialogue turns out to be fundamental and we will continue to speak with the people living in the places we work forever."
Lizeka Dlepu, Head of Community Relations and Economic Development


Our results obtained in South Africa go far beyond the plants built and the MW installed. This experience has demonstrated yet again how teamwork and passion has always characterised our business.

We wanted to complete all the projects capable of producing energy ahead of time, without accidents. And that’s exactly what we did.


A model to export to Australia

With the South African adventure over, our focus now points straight to Australia, where we recently officialised the purchase of Bungala Solar One, the first 137.5 MW phase of the largest photovoltaic project in the “ready to build” phase in the country.


"It wasn’t easy to win the South African challenge, but we did it. Now we look to Australia with great optimism, knowing that we’ll put everything we’ve learned in these years into practice there."
Lamberto Dai Pra’

The works at Bungala Solar One will begin shortly, while the entire 275-MW plant will come into operation by the third quarter of the year 2018. The growing demand for renewable energy and the abundance of sun and win make Australia a country of great interest for the entire Group: we are already hard at work to achieve new success.


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