African Infrastructure Fund Acquires Stakes in South African Solar and Wind Projects

Siemens Gamesa (SGRE), a renewable energy project developer and an Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) provider, will supply wind turbines of total capacity 250 MW to wind farms in South Africa.

The supply will consist of 109 units of (SWT-2.3-108 turbine) onshore wind turbines.

SGRE will supply 140 MW of turbines to Kangnas wind farm t located near Springbok in the Northern Cape and 110 MW of turbines to Perdekraal East wind farm situated 80 km northeast of Ceres in the Western Cape.

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

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 Program (REIPPPP).

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” said Janek Winand, the managing director of 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” added Janek.

Present in South Africa since 2014, the accumulated base installed by Siemens Gamesa accounts today to 324 MW of rated capacity, and two wind projects totaling 280 MW under construction.

Meanwhile, in India, Siemens Gamesa recently announced that it has bagged the largest order for wind turbines in India. A statement issued by the company said, “Under the terms of the EPC contract entered into with Sembcorp Green Infra Ltd, Siemens Gamesa will build the 300 MW wind farm, at which it will install 143 of its SG 2.1-122 turbines, making it the largest single order secured by Siemens Gamesa in India”.

Then in March 2018, Mercom had reported that Siemens Gamesa won two contracts for the development of 160 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in India.