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Coega SEZ is the Hub for energy projects in the Eastern Cape - published 7 Aug 2017

Media Statement Immediate Release


Coega SEZ is a Hub for South Africa’s Energy mix: bird’s eye view of the Dedisa

Peaking Power Plant and the Lay down area in Zone 1 of the Coega SEZ. Both projects have

played an integral role in the country’s energy mix.


Coega SEZ is the Hub for energy projects in the Eastern Cape 

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) was recently visited by the Minister of Energy, Hon. Ms Mamokolo Kubayi on a tour of the international award winning Coega SEZ.  The Hon. Minister re-committed the Coega SEZ as one of the preferred locations for the estimated R25 billion gas to power plant.  She re-affirmed the department’s commitment to working with the CDC as one of the important strategic partners to assist the department of energy with fast tracking the implementation of some of the projects that are currently going at a snail’s pace in South Africa.


Having positioned and created a solid foundation for Coega SEZ’sreadiness for energy projectssince the early 2000’s, the CDC has successfully been able to attract multi-billion rand investors in the energy sector that have jointly created more than 1800 jobs.  


“For us, what is of utmost importance is developing an industrial and commercial energy offtake market in the Eastern Cape and specifically the NMB,“says Sandisiwe Ncemane, CDC’s Energy Sector Manager.


The CDC has successfully attracted R4 billion worth of energy projects, in counting.  These include the R3,5 billion Dedisa Peaking Power Plant, with a capacity of 342MW and the  R9 million lay down area for normal and abnormal cargo. The 12 hectares lay down area in Zone 1 of the Coega SEZ is located on the boundary between the Port of Ngqura and the Coega SEZ (the logistics area) and has played an integral role in the regional connection and stimulation of green energy projects in the EC. Another green project is the multi-million rand 48KW Solar Plant, which is located and feeds power to the CDC head office.  Given these energy projects and other transformational projects being implemented in the Coega SEZ, it is not surprising that the CDC recently won a prestigious 2030 Vision award for infrastructure development in the country.


Facilitations: congratulating the CDC on winning the Vision 2030 Awards on Infrastructure Development in South Africa and its commitment to the realisation of the national development plan objectives.

(Left to right - back) Cllr Athol Trollip, Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB), Arnaud de Limburg, Dedisa CEO, Hon Ms Mamokolo Kubayi Minister of Energy.

(Front) Christopher Mashigo, CDC Executive Manager Business Development and MEC Sakhumzi Somyo, DEDEAT Eastern Cape. 


In 2016, during the Gas conference, one of the outcomes of the conference highlighted the Coega SEZ as one of the preferred locations for hosting gas to power plant, with an allocation of 1000MW.  An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study for the gas to power programme is underway.  Such readiness for Coega could possibly pave a way for the Nuclear Power Station to be located at Coega while other SEZ in the country may not be ready on time for the gigantic and significantly important project.  Recently, the CDC hosted the French delegation on a tour of the SEZ.


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