Siemens Gamesa signs wind turbine deals in South Africa

Siemens Gamesa wind farm Africa

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy said it will supply 109 units of onshore wind turbines to two wind farms in South Africa.

The SWT-2.3-108 turbine will each feature a rated capacity of 2.3 MW and a 108 meters diameter rotor.

The 140 MW Kangnas wind farm project is located near Springbok in the Northern Cape. The 110 MW Perdekraal East wind farm is situated 80km northeast of Ceres in the Western Cape.

Siemens Gamesa has a 10-year service agreement to secure the performance of the wind farms. The wind farms will supply enough clean electricity for approximately 214.000 South African homes.

Siemens Gamesa will start the supply of the wind turbines early 2019. Siemens Gamesa said it will complete the project of the two the wind farms in 2020.

“This is the next big milestone for Siemens Gamesa in South Africa and with adding these two wind farms, Siemens Gamesa will have installed more than 850MW of wind capacity in the country,” said Janek Winand, managing director of Siemens Gamesa South Africa.

The installed base by Siemens Gamesa accounts 324 MW of rated capacity, and two wind projects totaling 280 MW under construction.

Mainstream Renewable Power consortium, an independent developer of renewable energy based in Dublin, Ireland, with offices in 7 countries, owns the wind farms.

Siemens Gamesa has already delivered several projects to Mainstream in the past with a total of 498 MW. Siemens Gamesa supplied 138 MW for the Jeffreys Bay wind farm in 2014, 80 MW for Noupoort wind farm in 2016. Siemens Gamesa commissioned wind farms for Loeriesfontein and Khobab counting 140 MW each.

Siemens Gamesa has set up a blade factory in Tangier at Morocco in 2017. This is the first blade plant of a wind turbine manufacturer in Africa and the Middle East. The plant is ready to deliver blades to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.