Vestas announced it has secured a firm and unconditional wind turbine order for the West Coast One wind energy project from Aurora Wind Power, a joint venture between GDF SUEZ, Investec and Kagiso Investment. The new wind power plant will consist of 47 V90-2.0 MW turbines, to 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.