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Detail of GEF Project #19

GEF Project ID19
IBRD PO ID64444
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameConcentrating Solar Power for Africa (CSP-Africa)
CountrySouth Africa
RegionAfrica
Focal AreaClimate Change
Operational Program7
Approval Date1999-07-19
GEF Agency Approval Date1999-04-29
Project Completion Date2001-05-31
Project StatusProject Closure
GEF AgencyWorld Bank
Executing AgencyESKOM
DescriptionThis project will evaluate the possibility of introducing solar thermal electric (STE) technologies as electricity generation options into Southern Africa. The possibility of decreasing the region's dependence on fossil fuels (predominantly coal) by employing a more environmentally preferred option will be quantified.The project objectives are to; (i) evaluate solar thermal electric tech. Options w/regard to their current and future potential for S.Afr.; (ii) conduct a broad site assessment to identify the most attractive areas for potential plants; (iii) conduct a preliminary assessment of the most promising near-term tech. to determine whether a commercial project would be economically feasible w/use of GEF funding support; and (iv) once the project is considered feasible, develop plans for proceeding w/ project and future steps that would be necessary to allow additional project deployments and cost reductions.
Implementation StatusThis project was successful in that it produced a full evaluation of the prospects for solar thermal electric power generation in South Africa. Based on this, ESKOM Enterprises has confirmed their interest in proceeding with project development. As a measure of their interest and commitment, they have decided to proceed with the next phase (detailed design) without accessing further GEF support.
GEF Project Grant
230,000 USD
GEF Grant
230,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
180,000 USD
Project Cost
410,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
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