South Africa: Vestas awarded Oyster Bay turbine contract

02 Nov 2018

Denmark’s Vestas announced on 1 November that it has been awarded a contract to supply, install and commission 41 V117-3.45MW turbines at Enel Green Power’s 148MW Oyster Bay wind project in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The turbines will operate in an optimised 3.6MW mode. Vestas’ subsidiary Vestas Southern Africa intends to procure locally produced towers, which will stand at a hub height of 91.5 metres.

The contract also includes the VestasOnline Business Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (Scada) platform, which is expected to reduce maintenance time and increase output, and a five-year service agreement. The turbines are expected to be delivered and installed in the second half of 2020, with commissioning anticipated in the first half of 2021.

Vestas has previously worked with Enel Green Power on the 88MW Nojoli wind power plant, which began operating in October 2016.

Oyster Bay was selected in the fourth round of South Africa’s renewable energy independent power procurement programme (REIPPP4) in April 2015. The programme was delayed for three years, with power purchase agreements only signed in April 2018. According to Vestas president for Northern and Central Europe Nils de Baar, “the closing of auction round four is a significant milestone in the continuation of the renewable energy programme in South Africa. It marks a very positive restart of the South African wind market, which holds great potential for future projects”.

Enel also saw its 138MW Garob, 139.8MW Karusa, 138.9MW Nxuba, and 139.4MW Soetwater wind projects selected in REIPPP4. The projects are expected online between H2 2021 and H2 2022.

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