Vestas secures 105MW wind farm contracts in South Africa

1 August 2013 (Last Updated August 1st, 2013 18:30)

Vestas Wind Systems has received an order for developing three wind power plants with total capacity of 105MW in South Africa, from a consortium led by Innowind, an 80% affiliate of EDF EN.

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Vestas Wind Systems has received an order for developing three wind power plants with a total capacity of 105MW in South Africa, from a consortium led by Innowind, an 80% affiliate of EDF EN.

105MW for wind power plants Chaba, Waainek and Grassridge, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the local communities are the other co-investors and partners in the wind farm projects.

Under the contract, Vestas will supply, install and commission all the wind power plants, Chaba (7xV112.3.0 MW), Waainek (8xV112-3.0 MW) and Grassridge (20xV112-3.0 MW) in the Eastern Cape Province.

Vestas will start supplying turbines for the projects in mid-2014, while the commissioning is expected to start in the third quarter of 2014.

"According to Vestas, the wind projects contribute to South Africa's aim to generate 1,800MW of wind energy capacity by 2015."

The contract also calls for the company to provide a VestasOnline Business SCADA solution, full scope civil and electrical works, and a 10-year full-scope service agreement (AOM 4000).

The three plants will produce more than 375GWh each year enough green energy for residential electricity consumption of more than 240,000 South African households.

According to Vestas, the wind projects contribute to South Africa's aim to generate 1,800MW of wind energy capacity by 2015.

Vestas Central Europe president Thomas Richterich said, "These projects mark another important step in further developing this promising wind market."

Vestas Southern Africa country manager/VP sales Phylip Leferink said: "Innowind is one of the key players in the wind energy sector in South Africa and forms an elementary part of our continuous efforts to meet our customers' needs with efficient wind energy solutions."


Image: The three turnkey projects include supply, installation and commissioning of 35 V112-3.0 MW wind turbines; Photo: courtesy of Vestas.

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