5 April 2012 – Cennergi, the newly launched South African energy company selected Suzlon group (Suzlon), the world’s fifth largest wind turbine manufacturer, as the preferred supplier for a 138 MW wind energy project currently under development in South Africa.
Cennergi is a joint venture between South Africa’s Exxaro Resources Limited (Exxaro) and The Tata Power Company Limited (Tata Power), India’s largest private power utility.
Cennergi has chosen to use 66 of Suzlon’s S97-2.1 MW turbines for the project, located in the Eastern Cape. If definitive agreements are reached, Suzlon will deliver the turbines under a full EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) agreement.
Speaking on the partnership, Thomas Garner, Cennergi CEO said: “Our focus is to deliver renewable energy projects in South Africa. For this bid, Suzlon was an obvious choice based on its vast experience in emerging markets and current participation in the energy sector in South Africa specifically. We are very excited by this opportunity and are confident of building successful wind projects.”
Tulsi Tanti, chairman – Suzlon, says, “South Africa is very committed to its target of installing 8,400 MW of wind energy by 2030.”
Mr. Silas Zimu, CEO – Suzlon South Africa, adds, “This venture shows how a South African Black empowered developer (Cennergi) partnered with a South African Black empowered manufacturer (Suzlon) can ensure that the government’s commitments on wind energy are realised."
If it goes ahead, project construction is expected to commence towards the end of 2012 or early 2013.