South Africa’s Seriti Resources to build 155MW wind farm

South African thermal coal miner Seriti Resources is to construct a 155 megawatt (MW) wind farm over the next two years in Mpumalanga.

The build is expected to be the first part of a planned 900 MW renewable energy cluster in the country’s coal heartland.

Seriti said it had signed a power purchase agreement with its renewable energy subsidiary, Seriti Green, for the supply of 155 MW of wind power to its coal mining operations. 

The wind farm would cost 4 billion rand ($235 million), it added.

This is not the first significant foray into the renewables secotr for privately owned Seriti, a major coal supplier to South Africa’s state power utility Eskom.

Last August it announced the acquisition of Windlab Africa’s wind and solar energy assets, effectively launching its foray into renewable energy.

Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke said the 155 MW wind farm, which is expected to feed power into the national grid by 2025, is the company’s first step towards becoming a diversified energy producer. 

“We felt that it’s important that we take our responsibility and consider investing in renewable energy because we believe climate change is reality, we believe carbon neutrality is important and we have to make sure that we participate,” he said.

Seriti Green CEO Peter Venn added that the 155 MW wind farm would have the capacity to supply 75% of Seriti Resources’ power requirements at its coal mining operations.

The move follows that announcement by fellow South African energy company Sasol on 24 January that it had signed three 229 MW wind power purchase deals as it shifts towards renewable energy to meet its carbon emissions targets.