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Nordex connects Kouga wind farm in South Africa to grid

CTBR Staff Writer Published 18 June 2015

Nordex has connected the 80MW Kouga wind farm in South Africa to the national electricity grid.

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Located in the Oysterbay area, Eastern Cape, the wind farm features 32 Nordex N90/2500 turbines that are estimated to generate 335GWh of energy per year.

Through its local unit Nordex Energy South Africa, the company erected the turbines on 80m high towers. It will continue to maintain the wind farm.

Nordex South Africa managing director Anne Henschel said: "We are extremely proud of this accomplishment as it was a complex logistics process, supplying equipment from three different continents."

The contract was awarded to Nordex in the first bid round of South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme.

The company said connecting the Kouga facility to grid marks its second successfully completed wind farm in Eastern Cape.

Apart from the Kouga project, Nordex Energy South Africa had also been awarded the 100MW Dorper project and the 134.4 MW Amakhala project.

The company has won a total of 425.4MW, equal to about 20% of the total of 1,983MW allocated in the first three auctions.

Under the REIPPP program, South Africa is planning to generate about 17,800MW of renewable energy by 2030 and reduce its reliance on fossil fuel.


Image: The 80MW Kouga wind farm features 32 Nordex N90/2500 turbines. Photo: courtesy of Nordex SE.