Altitec, Obelisk to provide wind turbine blade and tower services in South Africa

17 February 2016 (Last Updated February 17th, 2016 18:30)

Altitec has formed a joint venture (JV) with Obelisk to offer blade and tower services to South African wind energy market for a period of five years.

Altitec has formed a joint venture (JV) with Obelisk to offer blade and tower services to South African wind energy market for a period of five years.

Through the JV, the companies will deliver rotor-based inspections based on the principles for the monitoring of wind turbines, composite blade repairs, cleaning and monitoring of equipment and wind turbine tower corrosion protection and repair.

Over the past three years, 15 new wind farms totalling 1,200MW have been constructed in South Africa.

The government has already committed to procure energy from another 19 wind farms totalling 2,000MW to meet electricity demands.

"Since 2010, the UK-based Altitec has inspected more than 2,000 blades and 660 turbines across the UK, Europe and within key emerging markets."

The rapid growth in the nation's wind power generation is driving the demand for the repair, inspection and maintenance market that can service approximately 4,000 operational blades.

Altitec managing director Tom Dyffort said: "As key emerging markets move from early stage planning and development and into the commissioning stage, it's critical that prospective wind power projects remain on track and stay within budget.

"However, while the planning theory stacks up, the operational reality of working within new territories can quickly create unforeseen challenges.

"Moreover, with many European manufacturers keen to safeguard and protect their equipment during the critical transport and commissioning stage, it's essential that those technicians working with the equipment on the ground can provide absolute confidence and assurance."

Currently the partners have created four dedicated teams of technicians that work directly with wider project management personnel on the ground.

As per the agreed terms, Altitec is also training new South African rope access technicians to international standards.

Since 2010, the UK-based Altitec has inspected more than 2,000 blades and 660 turbines across the UK, Europe and within key emerging markets.