THE Coega Development Corporation (CDC) recently hosted the Minister of Energy, Mamokolo Kubayi, who recommitted the Coega SEZ as one of the preferred locations identified to host the gas-to-power plant and identified the CDC as one of the important partners to assist the department in implementing some of the projects that are currently going at a snail’s pace.Having created a foundation for Coega’s readiness for energy projects since the early 2000s, the CDC has been successfull in attracting investors from the energy sector as a result of a decade of extensive work preparing for more energy projects. “For us, what is of utmost importance is developing an industrial and commercial energy offtake market in the Eastern Cape and specifically the NMB,” said Sandisiwe Ncemane, CDC’s energy sector manager. During the Gas Options Conference last year, Coega SEZ was identified as one of the locations to host the gas-to-power plant, with an allocation of 1000MW. This has initiated an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study of the gas-to-power programme and strategically explored the SEZ’s full potential beyond the current allocation of 1000MW. The CDC has successfully attracted R4 billion’s worth of energy projects. These include the R3,5 billion Dedisa Peaking Power Plant, with a capacity of 342MW. 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 and has played an integral role in the regional connection of wind power. Complementing this project is also a million rand 48KW solar plant, which feeds power to the CDC’s head office.