Avon and Dedisa Peaking Power plants are South Africa’s first large privately owned power generating plants initiated by the Department of Energy. The power generated by the two open cycle gas turbine(OCGT) power plants supplies Eskom SOC LTD(Eskom) with electricity during peak demand times. The cost of building both plants represented a significant investment of R10 billion to the South African energy sector.
The plants are located in EC & KZN:
The projects were awarded in 2013 to a consortium of South African and international sponsors comprising of ENGIE (France) 38%, majority black owned Legend Power Solutions (RSA) 27% , Mitsui & Co, Ltd (Japan) 25% and The Peaker Trust 10% , a B-BBEE Trust benefiting black enterprises.
The projects consist of two greenfield Build-Own Operate (BOO) OCGT facilities. The current facility layout design allows for future conversion to combine cycle gas turbines (CCGT), once gas is available in South Africa. The construction of the two power plants created in excess of 2500 jobs. Avon and Dedisa can contribute up to 1 006 MW of power to help with energy security in South Africa.