Eskom, the state-owned electricity utility of South Africa, launched the procurement for rights to design, engineer, supply, construct, test and commission a battery energy storage system of minimum size capacity 80 MW / 320 MWh in Western Cape. The proposed facility will help to manage the power generated by the nearby 100MW Sere Wind Farm Project, which is located in the Matzikama District Municipality in Vredendal. The tender also looks to help meet the 1,400 MWh energy storage target set out by the utility in a 2018 long-term resource plan to integrate renewable energy into the grid. The winning bidder will also be responsible for providing five years of operations and maintenance (O&M) services for the project, to be built at Skaapvlei Substation. Eskom would like the development process to be complete within nine months for the project, for which the utility has received financing from the World Bank, African Development Bank and New Development Bank. Funds received will be used directly to pay for the BESS’ deployment. Link to the news: https://www.esi-africa.com/industry-sectors/renewable-energy/eskom-tender-80mw-320mwh-energy-storage-system/