The Prieska Power Reserve TM Project was conceptualised by Martin Walzer, Technical Director of CENEC, during late 2017. The main objective was to establish a mega-scale renewable energy hub that would:
This will achieve energy independence and avoid constraints and limitations of the national electricity grid.
Under the guidance of the Managing Director, Cobus Vermeulen, the CENEC Team embarked on a possible site selection initiative. After extensive research, assessments and simulations, it was agreed that the area of Prieska met all the criteria to establish this visionary concept:
The CENEC Team conducted a pre-feasibility study to assess the project’s viability on a preliminary basis, focusing on technical, legal & spatial, and financial project aspects. The pre-feasibility was concluded by April 2020 and confirmed the project’s viability on a preliminary basis.