Mbabane: The South African contractor, Consolidated Power Projects Energy Solutions (CONCO) has completed the construction of the E44 Million Lavumisa Solar Power Plant at Qomintaba near Lavumisa. The power plant belongs to the Eswatini Electricity Company (EEC) and will reduce the country’s reliance on imported electricity.
The Power Plant has now achieved commercial operation status and as such CONCO has been commissioned to carry out these operations.
The Commissioning Certificate was handed to CONCO by EEC Acting Managing Director, Ernest Mkhonta at EEC’s Headquarters in Mbabane. Making his remarks during the handover ceremony, Mkhonta said “we believe the completion of the Lavumisa project is a landmark event on many fronts for the Kingdom of Eswatini and represents a new frontier for large scale renewable power plants coupled with energy storage systems. This one-of-a-kind installation is the cornerstone upon which the EEC will expand its generation capacity to produce sustainable green energy to achieve self-reliance for the benefits of the citizens of the country.”
In its endeavor to empower the nation and help combat the socio-economic issues facing Eswatini, EEC impressed that CONCO partner with the Inyatsi Construction Group Holdings for the civil work at the plant and the substations. Of the 200 people that were employed during the design and construction phase, 133 were Swazi citizens with 150 local labourers, 10 semi-skilled and 3 skilled personnel. Additional job opportunities for Swazi citizens are anticipated as the project moves into the operation and maintenance phase.