On Wednesday, German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex announced that it has won a 111MW deal to supply turbines to Enel Green Power wind farm in South Africa.
Nordex will install 37 N117/3000 turbines at the project, which Nordex claims make it the first in the country to be fitted with Generation Delta Turbines.
Nordex states that the generation delta turbines have been designed with larger rotors, greater nominal capacity and optimised technical systems, ensuring greater economic efficiency, reliability and service.
The turbines have the capacity to generate 424 GWh of clean power once in operation. As a result the wind farm will achieve an ‘above-average’ capacity factor of more than 43%, Nordex claimed.
Lars Bondo Krogsgaard, a member of Nordex’s management board explains: “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.”
REIPPPP bidding rounds
In the first round of bidding, subsidiary Nordex South Africa was awarded the 100MW Dorper project in the Eastern Cape, the 80MW Kouga project located on the east coast of South Africa, and the 134.4MW Amakhala project located in the Eastern Cape.
In total from first three rounds, the company has secured a total of 425.4MW, equivalent to around 20% of the total of 1,983 MW allocated.