South Africa

Eskom has awarded battery energy storage contracts to two bidders

The project is part of the Battery Energy Storage System initiative announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa when presenting the government’s energy plan earlier this week.

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JOHANNESBURG – Eskom has awarded battery energy storage contracts to two successful bidders.

The project is part of the Battery Energy Storage System initiative announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa when presenting the government’s energy plan earlier this week.

The electric utility said the contract covers design, supply and installation as well as operation and maintenance for a period of five years.

Battery storage capacity is needed to supplement available energy, especially for evening peak consumption when electricity demand increases.

It will help bridge the gap between supply and demand when the power grid is under pressure.

Eskom spokesman Sikonathi Mantshantsha said the contracts were awarded to South Korean electricity giant Hyosung Heavy Industries and a wholly owned subsidiary of China’s State Grid Corporation, Pinggao Group.

“This is the first part of the 500 megawatt BESS initiative announced by President Ramaphosa as part of government measures to address South Africa’s long electricity crisis.”

Mantshantsha said the project has been designed to use large-scale utility batteries with a capacity of 1,440 MWh per day and 60 MW solar PV capacity which will be implemented in two phases.

Eskom said approval for the implementation of the BESS was obtained from the World Bank.

It is co-financed by the African Development Bank, the New Development Bank, the World Bank and the Clean Technology Fund.



Eskom has awarded battery energy storage contracts to two bidders

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