Vestas gains 93-megawatt South African wind turbine order

July 3
6:42 AM 2013

Vestas Wind System won a 93-megawatt wind turbine contract in South Africa. The deal was the Danish manufacturer's second transaction in a month in the country.

The order for 31 V112 3-megawatt machines came from Cennergi. Cennergi was a joint venture involving Exxaro Resources Ltd. and Tata Power Co. The information came from Aarhus-headquartered Vestas through an email sent today. The devices would be used to furnish the Port Elizabeth's Tsitsikamma community wind farm.

On June 11, Vestas also won a 94-megawatt order from South Africa's GDF Suez SA-led program. Juan Araluca, Chief Sales Officer of Vestas stated that he anticipated a "significant growth" in emerging markets.

South Africa currently aims to control dependence on coal for power. By the end of 2016, it would add 3,725 megawatts to its renewable energy capacity. Moreover, by the end of the decade, it would again increase the capacity by 3,200 megawatts.

Vestas added that the order was comprised of 15-year service deal. The turbines were supposed to be delivered in the second quarter of 2015. The power plant was assumed to be commissioned by the first quarter of 2016.

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