Nordex secures contract to build 134.4MW wind farm in South Africa

17 June 2013 (Last Updated June 17th, 2013 03:30)

Germany-based Nordex has secured a contract from power firm Cennergi to construct the 134.4MW Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm in South Africa.

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Germany-based Nordex has secured a contract from power firm Cennergi to construct the 134.4MW Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm in South Africa.

Cennergi's principal shareholders are the South African mining group Exxaro Resources and India's Tata Power.

Located south of Bedford in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province, the wind farm will feature 56 N117/2400 turbines.

Nordex will start construction work in the third quarter of 2014, while turbine installation is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015.

The wind farm is expected to be completed in June 2016.

Amakhala Emoyeni is one of the projects from the second round of South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPP) auctions approved by the South African Ministry of Energy in May 2012.

Located south of Bedford in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province, the wind farm will feature 56 N117/2400 turbines.

The REIPP programme involves the construction of eight photovoltaic plants and seven wind farms, while the next rounds of tender are scheduled to be held in August 2013.

Nordex was previously awarded contracts for two projects in South Africa totalling 180MW, which are already in the construction phase.

The company currently has an overall market share of about 26% from the first two auction rounds.

Earlier this month, Vestas secured a 94MW wind turbine contract from Aurora Wind Power for the West Coast One project in South Africa, under the REIPP programme.


Image: The Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm will feature 56 N117/2400 turbines. Photo: Courtesy of Nordex.

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