South Africa: Avon plant completed by Ansaldo Energia and Fata
The Consortium set up by lead company Ansaldo Energia with Fata (Danieli Group) has successfully
completed the construction of the second electric power plant in South Africa located in Avon, near
Durban. The plant, which recently received official acceptance from the Customer, forms part of the
“Peakers Project”, initiative promoted by the South African Energy Ministry and assigned to a Consortium
led by Engie as Independent Power Producer.
Ansaldo Energia and Fata, in the framework of this project and following an invitation to tender,
have been awarded the contract to build two electric power plants on a turnkey basis, fitted with gas
turbines and generators produced by Ansaldo Energia. The two contracts are worth a total €420m.
Power is generated at the Dedisa and Avon plants respectively by two and four Ansaldo Energia gas
turbines in open cycle configuration and fired using fuel oil. Both plants are prepared for a possible future
conversion to combined cycle and to natural gas, as part of the government’s planned introduction of
natural gas to South Africa.
In September 2015, the first of the two plants, the 342 MW Dedisa plant in Port Elizabeth, entered
full commercial service and less than a year later the second 685 MW Avon plant also came online.
In addition to the quality and technology of the products supplied, key factors in the successful
construction of the plants were the Consortium’s ability to manage the South African construction
companies involved, and its special focus on local communities and environmental impact, both very
important issues in South Africa.
Arnaud de Limburg, CEO of Avon & Dedisa Peaking Power, commented: “We have been fortunate
to have developed good and trusting partnership with Ansaldo Energia and Fata. This Consortium has
turned a challenging project into reality, all the while working with us to maximize local procurement and
human capacity development of the communities surrounding each project.”
Ansaldo Energia was also awarded the contract to maintain the gas turbines for a period of fifteen
years. These results represent an opportunity for Ansaldo Energia and Fata to consolidate their presence in
South Africa and to work towards playing a key role in future power generation investments in the country
and other Sub-Saharan African states.
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