Eskom has awarded 1,782 hectares of land to develop several green baseload power plants in the province of Mpumalanga under a public tender.
The French-based IPP is part of the Just Energy Transition (JET) in South Africa.
This land leased by HDF Energy represents six different locations where 1500 MW of photovoltaic plants will be deployed with more than 3500 MWh of hydrogen-based long-term storage to serve more than 1.4 million inhabitants all day and all night, all year round. These projects represent an investment of USD 3 billion.
Eskom issued a request for proposal (RFP) in April 2022, followed by a meticulous selection process. The selected bidders will lease 6,184 hectares of land for between 25 and 30 years each.
With Mpumalanga being the heart of the JET in South Africa, there is a lot at stake. It is of great concern how the energy transition is to be handled, specifically for communities and workers that have depended on the continued existence of the coal economy. HDF has a bankable solution that can substantially and significantly contribute to that process.
Energy demand is increasing, whereas coal power plants are planned to be decommissioned. There is a delicate balancing act at play. Time is of the essence; new capacities should be fast-to-deploy. This is where HDF’s Renewstable® technology becomes particularly attractive.
A Renewstable® power plant uses local sources of clean energy to enhance domestic electricity production, reducing exposure to imported fuels, associated price volatility and supply risks.
Nicolas Lecomte, HDF’s Director for Southern Africa, said, “HDF Energy projects in South Africa will kick start the large-scale industrial deployment of the hydrogen economy in the country and create jobs in Mpumalanga for the workers of the coal industry in transition.”