Supporting the energy transition in South Africa

EDF supports the growing energy demand in African countries through adapted projects, by leveraging sustainable and multi-business partnerships. With over 40 years presence in South Africa, the Group accompanies the country in the path to energy transition and improved energy performance.

Deployment of a broad panel of solutions

In South Africa, EDF proposes a wide variety of solutions, from electricity production to distribution, and encompassing services. The Group acts together with the national electricity board, Eskom.

  • 195


  • 40

    years of presence in the country

  • 142

    MW of installed renewable production capacity

Supporting the energy transition

Committed to reducing its CO2 emissions, South Africa wishes to reduce its dependency on coal and increase electricity production from decarbonized sources by 2030. In this context, EDF positions itself as an ideal partner to enable the development of appropriate solutions (wind, PV, nuclear, etc.) to achieve this goal.


2022 - EDF signes its first energy efficiency project in South Africa with Leroy Merlin.

2021 - This year has been very promising for EDF development's in renewable energies' sector all over Southern Africa:

  • EDF Renewables South Africa is designated preferred bidder within the RMIPPPP programme with a hybrid project in Umoyilanga (solar, wind, battery)
  • 3 out of the 29 wind-farm projects are won by EDF Renewables South Africa within REIPPPP Bid Window 5
  • EDF Renewables South-Africa and its partner Pele Green Energy are selected to install and supply solar energy to Anglo-American Platinium mining company
  • EDF is designated preferred bider for the hydroelectric project of Mpatamanga (Malawi)

2020 - The EDF Group replied to the RFI for 2,500 MW new nuclear projects in South Africa.

2018 - Participation taken in GIBB Power, a South-African engineering firm, to grow EDF's business in thermal, hydraulic, transport and distribution services.

2011 - Development of the wind farm market with the arrival of EDF Renewables and the acquisition of the InnoWind company.

2007 - Subsidiary set up in Johannesburg, focusing on boosting the South-African nuclear programme.

2002 - KES company set up with Total and Calulo, EDF being the main shareholder, to develop the first rural solar electrification solutions.

1990 - Participation in the electrification of the Khayelitsha township, together with Eskom, and installation of low consumption lighting in a township close to Nelson Mandela Bay.

1975 - Initiation of the construction corks of the Koeberg nuclear power plant, in the Western Cape province, and first agreement protocol between EDF and Eskom.

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