Africa’s Largest Battery Energy Storage System Secures Preferred Bidder Status

Globeleq, a leading power company, has announced that its Red Sands project in the Northern Cape of South Africa has been awarded preferred bidder status, making it the largest standalone battery energy storage system in Africa.

Africa's Largest Battery Energy Storage System Secures Preferred Bidder Status
Africa’s Largest Battery Energy Storage System Secures Preferred Bidder Status

Africa’s Largest Battery Energy Storage System Secures Preferred Bidder Status

Project Overview: The Red Sands project, developed by African Green Ventures, a subsidiary of Norwegian company Magnora, is set to become the largest standalone battery energy storage system on the continent. It will have a capacity of 153MW/612MWh.

According to Globeleq, “The project was originally developed by African Green Ventures, the South African development arm of Magnora, a Norwegian company listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.”

Situated approximately 100km southeast of Upington, the project will connect to the grid through the Eskom Garona substation. Upgrades to the substation will ensure optimal utilization of the project’s battery capabilities.

Cost and Timeline:

Globeleq estimates the project’s cost at around R5.7 billion, with construction expected to take 24 months following financial close, anticipated later this year.

Red Sands marks Globeleq’s entry into large-scale battery energy storage solutions in South Africa.

The project underscores the growing importance of energy storage in the country’s power sector as it seeks to integrate renewable energy sources and enhance grid stability.

Renewable Portfolio:

In addition to the Red Sands project, Globeleq owns and operates eight renewable energy plants in South Africa, comprising six solar photovoltaic (PV) and two wind facilities, with a combined generating capacity of 384MW.

The Red Sands project represents a significant step towards enhancing South Africa’s energy storage capacity and accelerating its transition to a more sustainable and resilient energy system.

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