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South African investors order German turbine technology

South African investors have helped German wind turbine makers Nordex secure a second deal for a wind farm

German firm Nordex has clinched two deals to use its technology for South African wind farm projects

Nordex has secured an order for 80MW a wind farm in Eastern Cape, South Africa. The German company is the first turbine maker to secure two orders in the burgeoning South African market.

From April 2013 Nordex will start building foundations, road access, cabling, a transformer station and other elements, with installation of 32 of its N90/2500 turbines to follow.

The orders were commissioned by Red Cap Kouga, a project company backed by a variety of investors, including Cape Town-based private-equity firm Inspired Evolution.

Nordex, Vestas and Sinovel were each named preferred suppliers for two of the eight wind projects allocated in South Africa’s first tender round, with Siemens and Suzlon each attached to a single project.

Last week Vestas clinched its first firm order from the 67MW Hopefield project in Western Cape, while Mainstream Renewable Power has pulled the trigger on a 138MW order from Siemens for the Jeffrey’s Bay wind farm.

Siemens will also act as lead contractor for Mainstream’s two first-round 50MW PV projects.

Neither Sinovel nor Suzlon have yet announced any firm orders in South Africa, despite the developer BioTherm Energy reaching financial close last week on the 27MW Dassiesklip project, for which Sinovel was named preferred supplier.

Earlier this month the South African government finalised power purchase agreements for 28 first-round renewables projects. Nordex has also clinched an order for 40 of its N100/2500 turbines for the 100MW Dorper wind farm, backed by Rainmaker Energy and Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation. Installation at Dorper, also in the Eastern Cape, will begin in third-quarter 2013.