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Vestas wins order in South Africa

04.07.2013  16:14

Vestas has this week secured a 93 MW order for a project in South Africa. The Danish windmill company is to deliver 31 of its V112-3,0 MW turbines for the Tsitsikamma Community-windfarm near Port Elisabeth outside the country’s south coast.

The deliverance of the new turbines is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2015, after which the launch of the new project is scheduled for the first quarter of 2016. The customer, Cennergi, a joint venture between Exxaro and Tata Energy has also signed a 15 year long service agreement in Vesta’s most expensive price range, AOM 5000.

The Tsitsikamma Community -project is one of five orders totalling 297 MW, where Vestas has been appointed as the preferred supplier in a tender process in May 2012. Last month, Vestas also succeeded in adding another big project from the tender round, West Coast One compromising 94 MW, into their order books.

Vestas is one of the leading wind mill suppliers in the South African market with a market share at around 36 percent in the first two invitations for public tender bids.
This week’s order is Vestas’ first in this year’s third quarter. In total, the wind turbine manufacturer has announced orders for 2032 MW in 2013 – adding the unannounced orders from the second quarter, to be publicised in the interim financial statements 21 August.

Wind energy falls under one of six strategic sectors constituting the Danish Growth Market strategy towards South Africa. The Growth Market strategy places South Africa among the top 10 new priority markets for Denmark. The overall target is to increase the export of goods to South Africa with 50% over the next five years.

Should you be interested in knowing more about potential business opportunities within the wind power industry in South Africa please contact Head of Trade Department Mr. Per Christensen perchr@um.dk.

You can find the link for the original article here (in Danish).