Nordex SE is broadening its market position in South Africa with the award of a firmly financed order for a 111 megawatts (MW) of wind power. The turnkey project, located in the south of the country, will have 37 N117/3000 turbines, making it the first one in South Africa to be fitted with Generation Delta turbines.
With wind speeds averaging around eight meters-per-second (m/s) at the site, the turbines will be able to produce 424 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of clean electricity after being installed. Accordingly, the wind farm will achieve an above-average capacity factor of more than 43%.
“The establishment of a local company in 2012 marked an important strategic step forward in our efforts to position ourselves in the emerging South African market. In this way, we are able to handle local projects more swiftly and competently,” explains Lars Bondo Krogsgaard, a member of Nordex SE’s Management Board.
In the first round of bidding, Nordex Energy South Africa (Pty) Ltd. had been awarded the 100-MW “Dorper” project, the 80-MW “Kouga” project, and the 134.4-MW “Amakhala” project. Including this latest South African project, Nordex will have secured a total of 425.4 MW, equivalent to around 20% of the total of 1,983 MW allocated in the first three auctions.
In addition to sales, local project management, and turbine service, Nordex Energy South Africa (Pty) Ltd. is also helping people who are at a disadvantage for cultural/historical or health reasons via the Nordex Education Trust. This Trust helps them to gain access to education in an effort to facilitate integration.
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