Vestas receives 94 MW Order for South African Wind Power Plant

Aurora Wind Power orders 47 V90-2.0 MW wind turbines for West Coast One project

With reference to Vestas Wind Systems A/S company announcement No. 25 of 11 June 2013, Vestas is pleased to announce a firm and unconditional order from Aurora Wind Power, a joint venture between GDF SUEZ, Investec and Kagiso Investment. The wind power plant consisting of 47 V90-2.0 MW turbines will be installed at the Western Cape of South Africa. The start of the turbine delivery is planned for the third quarter of 2014 and the wind power plant is expected to be commissioned by May 2015.

“We are happy to announce this large order for South Africa and to construct our first wind power project together with Aurora Wind Power – all the more so in connection with a project company jointly owned by GDF SUEZ, already a long-term and highly valued Vestas customer. With our 30 years of experience and efficient wind energy solutions we contribute to our partners’ business case and support their vision of a sustainable wind energy market in South Africa,” says Vestas Central Europe President, Thomas Richterich.

“Vestas Southern Africa is proud to be chosen as the EPC contractor for one of the largest wind power plants in South Africa. This confirms Vestas’ market leading position in South Africa where Vestas has won 36 per cent of the megawatts in the first two auctions. We look forward to building on this success and further developing, together with our long-standing and global partner GDF SUEZ, exciting wind opportunities in the country,” states Phylip Leferink, Country Manager/VP Sales, Vestas Southern Africa.

The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of 47 V90-2.0 MW wind turbines, along with a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution, full scope civil and electrical works as well as a 15-year full-scope service agreement (AOM 5000). The AOM 5000 service package offers customers assured performance, helping them to avoid unforeseen operational costs.

Jean Rappe, Head of Business Development, GDF SUEZ Energy South Asia, Middle East & Africa is proud to be a successful REIPPP (Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme) bidder and wishes to congratulate the Republic of South Africa’s Department of Energy for running a world-class procurement process. “We are pleased to have formed a partnership with Vestas Southern Africa for the provision of EPC and O&M services on the wind farm. The interactions to date have validated our decision and we look forward to an ongoing mutually beneficial relationship with Vestas. GDF SUEZ has further renewable energy projects under development in South Africa as the implementation of renewable technologies helps to save energy while minimising CO2 emissions.”

Every single day, Vestas wind turbines deliver clean energy that supports the global fight against climate change. Wind power from Vestas’ more than 49,000 wind turbines currently reduces carbon emissions by over 60 million tons of CO2 every year, while at the same time building energy security and independence. Today, Vestas has installed turbines in 73 countries, providing jobs for around 17,000 passionate people at our service and project sites, research facilities, factories and offices all over the world. With 62 per cent more megawatts installed than our closest competitor and more than 56 GW of cumulative installed capacity worldwide, Vestas is the world leader in wind energy.

The headquarters of Vestas Central Europe is located in Hamburg, Germany. The business unit is responsible for the sales and marketing of wind power systems as well as for the installation and operation of wind power plants in Germany, Benelux, Austria, Russia, Eastern Europe and Southern and Eastern Africa.

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