wind industry

Enel Green Power has awarded Vestas a 294MW order of V136-4.2 MW turbines, delivered in 4.2MW Power Optimised Mode, for two projects in South Africa.

The projects consist of 147MW each and debut the V136-4.2MW in the South African market and will feature the largest Vestas rotor diameters in Africa to date.

The two wind parks, Karusa and Soetwater, are both located at the Western Cape Province and will feature 35 turbines each with a hub height of 82 meters.

Leveraging the 4.2MW Power Optimised Mode for the sites’ medium-speed wind conditions, the V136-4.2MW will boost performance and increase annual energy production.

To lower turbine downtime and levelised cost of energy, the project will also include a VestasOnline Business SCADA solution.

The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a 5-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement.

Turbine delivery and installation are planned for the second half of 2020. Read more: Lake Turkana Wind Farm connects to grid

Local wind energy jobs

As part of delivering the projects, the company will create local wind energy jobs, fulfilling the local requirements for local content, skills development and socio-economic development initiatives.

“We are very dedicated to making a difference in South Africa and contribute to enhancing socio-economic growth and sustainable educational development.

"We are doing so by procuring locally produced towers, contracting local transport companies and supporting community school programmes through our own initiative, the Vestas Empowerment Trust,” said Nils de Baar, President of Vestas Northern & Central Europe.