The installation of the turbines will commence this year with completion scheduled for 2020. The 140 MW Kangnas wind farm project will be located near Springbok in the Northern Cape and the 110 MW Perdekraal East wind farm situated 80 kilometres northeast of Ceres in the Western Cape. The wind farms will be covered by a 10-year full service agreement and together they will supply enough electricity for approximately 214,000 South African homes.
The contracts for the wind farms were won by a consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power and were issued by the Department of Energy in South Africa as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
“This is the next big milestone for Siemens Gamesa in South Africa and with adding these two wind farms, Siemens Gamesa will have installed more than 850 MW of wind capacity in the country” said Janek Winand, Managing Director Siemens Gamesa South Africa. “We are proud to offer services with a localized team based in Johannesburg with long lasting experience and determined to generate value for South Africa by creating jobs, supporting local manufacturing and driving development projects within local communities”.
The wind farms will be owned by the Mainstream Renewable Power consortium. Mainstream is an independent global developer of renewable energy based in Dublin, Ireland, with offices in seven countries around the globe, one of the largest of which is in Cape Town, South Africa.
Siemens Gamesa have maintained a presence in South Africa since 2014 and have accumulated a base of 324 MW of rated capacity thus far with two wind farms, representing another 280 MW, currently under construction.
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