Avon Peaking Power goes online

27 July 2016

Avon Peaking Power has commissioned its gas turbine open cycle power plant near Durban in South Africa. The power plant operation project commissioning and operation has been announced by its developers DistribuTECH Africa and POWER-GEN. 

Avon is the second Independent Power Producer (IPP) project in South Africa developed by a JV between the Peaker Trust, Japan’s Mitsui & Co, France’s Engie and the South Africa’s Legend Power Solutions.

The group’s first local project is the 342 MW gas-fired Dedisa Peaking Power plant in Port Elizabeth. The plant commenced its operations in 2015. Under a 15-year power purchase agreement the plant sells power to Eskom. The plant is the first large-scale independent thermal plant to be constructed in South Africa outside of Eskom.

Elisa Prato Fata S.p.A, Project Manager, described the Avon Peaking Power as one of a kind given that it’s the first thermal electric power generation into the South African grid developed under IPP.

A holistic approach to labour project management through effective project stakeholder management, in partnership with engineering resources with the Jones & Wagner and the Aurecon Group also contributed to the successful outcome of the project.

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