Vestas secures 93MW wind turbine contract for South African power plant

3 July 2013 (Last Updated July 3rd, 2013 18:30)

Denmark-based Vestas has received a 93MW wind turbine contract from Cennergi, a joint venture between Exxaro and Tata Energy, for the Tsitsikamma community wind farm in South Africa.

Vestas V112 turbine

Denmark-based Vestas has received a 93MW wind turbine contract from Cennergi, a joint venture between Exxaro and Tata Energy, for the Tsitsikamma community wind farm in South Africa.

Under the contract, Vestas will install and commission 31 of its V112-3.0MW wind turbines for the wind power plant in Port Elizabeth at the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

The contract also requires the Danish wind turbine manufacturer to provide its VestasOnline Business SCADA solution.

The order also includes a 15-year, full-scope active management output (AOM) 5000 service agreement.

Delivery of the turbines is scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2015, while the wind power plant is expected to commence operations by the first quarter of 2016.

Vestas Central Europe sales senior vice-president Hans Vestergaard said the project contained strong local economic development obligations.

"Delivery of the turbines is scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2015, while the wind power plant is expected to commence operations by the first quarter of 2016."

"Besides the supply of clean energy, it provides significant employment and skills development to the local community," Vestergaard explained.

Cennergi said it has completed financing for the Tsitsikamma wind farm project, which follows the financial closure of 135MW Amakhala Emoyeni wind plant in South Africa.

Cennergi chairman and managing director Anil Sardana said the signing of the financing agreements was a significant milestone for the projects.

Power purchase agreements and implementation agreements for both the projects were signed with Eskom and South Africa's Department of Energy.


Image: Vestas will supply 31V112-3.0MW turbines for Tsitsikamma community wind farm in South Africa. Photo: courtesy of Vestas.

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