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Danish turbines to build 67MW wind farm in South Africa

Vestas to supply turbines for Western Cape wind farm in Hopefield province

The 67MW wind farm will add to growing wind power in South Africa

Danish turbine technology is being used to develop a 67MW wind farm in South Africa. World leading wind energy firm Vestas, based in Denmark, has won the order from project company Umoya Energy to supply its wind turbines to the site in the west of the BRIC country.

The wind farm, consisting of 37 V100-1.8MW turbines, will be installed in the province of Hopefield at the Western Cape of the country. The turbine delivery is planned for the second quarter of 2013 and the wind farm is expected to be commissioned by February 2014.

Dr. Wolfgang J. Schmitz, president of Vestas Central Europe, said: “For us, this project marks the exciting start of developing large wind power plants and several hundred MWs in South Africa over the next few years.”

The contract includes the supply, installation and commissioning of 37 V100-1.8MW wind turbines, as well as a 15-year full-scope service agreement.

Phylip Leferink, vice president of sales benelux and South Africa, Vestas Central Europe, said: “The project contains strong local economic development obligations. Beside the supply of clean energy, it provides significant employment and skills development to the local community. In this regard, Vestas is taking its responsibilities very seriously. We are excited to contribute not only to long-term renewable energy generation in South Africa, but also to the sustainable development of the communities Vestas is working in.”

Umoya Energy is a project company established by African infrastructure investment managers.

Richard Gordon, CEO of Umoya Energy, said: “We are pleased to have formed a partnership with Vestas Southern Africa for the provision of EPC and O&M services on the Hopefield Wind Farm. The interactions to date have reinforced our decision and we look forward to an ongoing mutually beneficial relationship with Vestas.”

The news from Vestas follows an announcement in May that the company was the preferred bidder for five projects in South Africa totalling 297MW

Meanwhile, the country has this year shown numerous developments across many renewable energy sectors, particularly with companies from other BRIC countries. Chinese solar manufacturer Jinkosolar announced it would power South Africa’s first off-grid utility scale PV system in September, while India energy firm Tata Power set up a joint venture to develop renewable energy projects there in March.