Siemens Gamesa to install two large onshore wind farm projects in South Africa
• Siemens Gamesa will supply two wind farms with a combined capacity of 250 MW
• Installation of 109 units of wind turbines will commence in 2018 with completion scheduled for 2020.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will supply two wind farms in South Africa including 109 units of onshore wind turbines. The SWT-2.3-108 turbine will each feature a rated capacity of 2.3 MW and a 108 meters diameter rotor.
While the 140 MW Kangnas wind farm project is located near Springbok in the Northern Cape, another 110 MW Perdekraal East wind farm is situated 80km northeast of Ceres in the Western Cape. A 10 year full service agreement will secure the performance of the wind farms, which will together supply enough clean electricity for approximately 214.000 South African homes.
A consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power was awarded the contracts (*) for the wind farms by the Department of Energy in South Africa as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). While Siemens Gamesa will start the supply of the wind turbines early 2019, the wind farm’s completion is planned for 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” says Janek Winand, Managing Director Siemens Gamesa South Africa. “We are proud to offer services with a localized team based in Johannesburg with long lasting experience and determined to generate value for South Africa by creating jobs, supporting local manufacturing and driving development projects within local communities” he adds. Present in South Africa since 2014, the accumulated base installed by Siemens Gamesa accounts today 324 MW of rated capacity, and two wind projects totaling 280 MW under construction.