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China Longyuan Power wins wind power bid for 244MW in South Africa

China renewable energy group wins two wind power projects in third bidding round initiated by Ministry of Energy of South Africa

Wind turbine in South Africa
The two wind projects China Longyuan Power has won are located in the North Cape Province of South Africa

Renewable energy group China Longyuan Power has won bids for wind projects in South Africa totalling 244MW. The China Longyuan Power Group Corporation has won two wind power projects in the third round of bidding initiated by the Ministry of Energy of South Africa.

The two wind projects, which China Longyuan Power has won, are located in the North Cape Province of South Africa. These are the 100MW De Aar Phase I wind power project and the De Aar Phase II North District wind power project, with 144MW installed capacity.

The wind power projects will be jointly developed by China Longyuan Power, Mulilo Renewable Energy Limited (in South Africa) and the Black Community Company where the project is located, with China Longyuan Power as the controlling shareholder. Financed by the local bank consortium of South Africa, the project adopts the 1.5MW wind turbine produced by Guodian United Power.

Under support and guidance of China Guodian Corporation, China Longyuan Power said it won the bid for the South Africa wind power project by cooperating with Guodian United Power and positively carried out the strategy of "going out".

"This is quite significant for accelerating China Longyuan Power's pace of implementing internationalised strategies, promoting home wind turbines' export and strengthening China-South Africa cooperation and exchange on renewable energy technology," the company said.

In August 2011, the Ministry of Energy of South Africa launched the bid for renewable energy sources, including 1850MW bidding capacity of wind power projects. Up to now, three biding rounds have been carried out. The first two rounds witnessed a total capacity for wind power bidding of 3500MW, and the final capacity is 1196.5MW. The bidding capacity for wind power in the third round was planned to be 653.4MW and the final capacity of the winning project was adjusted to 787MW.