Tata Power today announced its South African joint venture Cennergi has achieved the commercial operation of its 134 mw wind farm project.
“Cennergi (Pty) Ltd, Tata Power’s 50:50 joint venture with Exxaro Resources in South Africa, achieved commercial operations for its 134 mw Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm project yesterday,” Tata Power said in a BSE filing. Cennergi was selected as the preferred bidder for two wind projects under the second window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) by the South African government. Center’s second wind project is also expected to go into commercial operations shortly. Cennergi will focus on the investigation of feasibility, development, ownership, operation, maintenance, acquisition and management of electricity generation projects in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. The initial project pipeline focuses on renewable energy projects in South Africa and Cennergi’s strategy to create a balanced portfolio of generation assets. Tata Power CEO and Managing Director Anil Sardana said: “Tata Power has been pursuing growth opportunities in India and overseas. Our successful partnership with Exxaro represented a significant move towards augmenting our global footprint and resulting in Cennergi becoming a preferred bidder for two wind projects.” “The commissioning of Amakhala wind farm, Tata Power’s first wind project outside India, marks the company’s continued progress on its objectives of enhancing non-fossil based generation portfolio up to 30-40 per cent of its total generating capacity and thereby creating value for its stakeholders….” Sardana said.