Siemens has secured a large wind power contract in South Africa with an order for 157 wind turbines for three projects in Northern Cape province. The 2.3 MW machines from the G2 platform will be installed at the wind power plants Khobab, Loeriesfontein 2 and Noupoort. The customer, a consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power, had just commissioned Jeffrey’s Bay Wind Farm in the middle of last year – also partnering with Siemens Wind Power. The new contract includes a service and maintenance agreement for a period of 10 years.
The three wind power plants have a combined generation capacity of 360 MW. The 140 MW Khobab wind farm and the 140 MW Loeriesfontein 2 wind farm are both located in the Namakwa District Municipality, and the 80 MW Noupoort wind farm is located in Umsobomvu Local Municipality, 400 km north of Port Elizabeth. All projects will be equipped with the Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbine with a rotor diameter of 108 m and towers with a hub height of 99.5 m. Turbine installation will start in August 2015. Commissioning of the three projects is scheduled for early 2016 to the end of 2017. The towers will be sourced primarily in South Africa.
The order comes under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP), and is intended to help achieve the government’s stated goal of installing 3725 MW of renewable energy capacity.