WINDABA: Nordex supports local wind industry

WINDABA: Nordex supports local wind industry

Nordex, a multi-megawatt wind turbine manufacturers supports the local wind power sector through job creation, BBBEE, CSI and continuous supply of cutting edge technology.

This is according to Anne Henschel, Managing Director of Nordex Energy South Africa, who spoke at WINDABA 2014, the 4th annual wind industry conference hosted at the CTICC from 3rd to 5th November by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA.)

Henschel formed part of a key-note session where industry leaders engaged multilaterally with the Department of Trade and Industry on South Africa’s wind energy future on Tuesday, 4th November.

The key issues discussed by panelists were job creation, industrialisation and local content issues while assisting to build a cost competitive and efficient renewable energy industry.

Henschel commented, “Nordex recognises the South African Government’s efforts through the REIPP to create an enabling environment whereby historically disadvantaged groups may participate in the growth of the wind power sector.”

“As a multinational, Nordex is mutually aligned to this goal and is helping to create jobs, developing skills, is committed to employment equity, follows preferential procurement processes for suppliers and is helping to transfer global knowledge to local educational institutions.”

Nordex opened its South African office in Cape Town, South Africa in December 2011. At this stage Nordex employs 40 people in the technical, sales and service areas at their 3 wind farm sites in the Eastern Cape and their Cape Town offices.

The Nordex Trust has been established with a 20% shareholding of Nordex South Africa to promote socio-economic development, BEE ownership and local social innovation in the sector.

Said Henschel, ”The Nordex Trust assists historically disadvantaged and marginalised people in South Africa to gain access to education and training skills in order to facilitate their participation in the economy. Social investment projects range from sponsorship of the Muizenberg Water Riders, Palama Metsi Surfing Development Academy, donation of a R250,000 tent to a school in Khayelitsha and the support of the Chaeli Campaign.”

In June this year, as part of the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC,) Nordex donated a decommissioned wind turbine to Cape Peninsula Technikon (CPUT) Bellville Campus to support the roll-out of an educational curriculum in renewable energy for engineering students.

In the last year, Nordex South Africa has maintained its local market share of 20 percent; making it one of the country’s top three players in the sector. Its 29 years of experience with multi-megawatt turbines gives Nordex a decisive lead over most of its competitors.

As part of the REIPPPP (Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme), Nordex has been awarded three projects in the Eastern Cape:

·         Dorper Wind Farm, led by Rainmaker Energy and Sumitomo has 40 turbines with a capacity of 100 MW

·         Kouga Wind Farm, led by Red Cap, has 37 turbines with 80 MW capacity

·         Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm, led by Cennergi, has 56 turbines with 134.4 MW capacity

Henschel added, “Currently, Nordex has installed 72 wind turbines in South Africa. The Dorper Wind Farm is in operation. The Kouga wind farm project is on target, aiming at completion beginning of 2015. Construction of the Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm, south of Bedford, has started with civil and electrical works being carried out at this stage of project execution.” The three projects include long-term service and maintenance agreements after completion.

Henschel also presented details of an innovative turbine it has launched in South Africa which can derive up to 28.6% more yield in light-wind locations. The new N131/3000 turbine, part of Nordex’s “Generation Delta” platform, enhances the nominal output of power by 25% to generate 3.0 MW  at locations with wind speeds of less than 7.5 m/s.

Henschel said, “Going forward, we believe that low wind sites show the best growth potential in South Africa. This new wind turbine is a highly efficient system specifically designed for low-wind conditions, categorised as IEC-3 locations. There is enormous potential for South Africa to tap wind power in this category.”

As one of the technological leaders in multi-megawatt wind turbines, the 30-year old German-listed company has installed a total of approximately 6,100 turbines with an aggregate capacity of more than 10,000 MW producing clean energy around the world. Nordex has offices and subsidiaries in 22 countries around the world with a total global headcount of over 2,700 employees

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