December 5th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s Ministry of Energy and Dams has signed a contract with an Egyptian firm, Elsewedy Electric, to build a hybrid solar photovoltaic project with battery storage system with a value of $45 million.
The project shall be built on 250,000-sq-m land near border town of Nesitu, which is 20km from Juba and shall start producing energy by 2020.
The project will consist of 20 megawatts-peak solar Photovoltaic Park, a 35 megawatts-hour battery storage system and in-house training center serving Jubek State and the entire Equatoria region.
Elsewedy Electric’s scope of work covers engineering, procurement and installation of the entire project on turkey-basis; and should be started up in 12 months from the project commencement date.
The estimated annual 29,000,000 kWh of clean energy produced by the project will power more than 58,000 South Sudanese households while avoiding more than 12,000 tons of CO2 a year, and should contribute significantly to the electrification of the capital and its region.
“It is a privilege being selected by the esteemed government of the Republic of South Sudan to deliver this project, which shall be one of the largest battery storage solar photovoltaic projects in Africa,” said Ahmed Elsewedy, president and CEO of Elsewedy Electric.
“The support of the AFREXIMBANK was significant to conclude this contract which will help South Sudan to tap its incredible renewable resource potential and deliver significant economic, social and environmental value.
“At Elsewedy Electric, we realized that reliable power and water supply is the key to developing economies, and we will deploy all our global resources in ensuring South Sudan and its people to unlock their full potential; same as we will do in all countries we operate in,” he added.