Suzlon secures wind turbines order for South African wind farm

Cennergi selects Suzlon wind turbines for 138 MW wind power bid in South Africa. Wind energy manufacturer Suzlon Group had been selected as the preferred supplier by Cennergi for a 138 MW wind farm currently under development in South Africa.

Cennergi selects Suzlon wind turbines for 138 MW wind power bid in South Africa. Cennergi is an equal joint venture between South Africa’s Exxaro Resources Limited and India’s Tata Power Company Limited.

A press release from Cennergi had chosen to use 66 of Suzlon’s S97-2.1 MW turbines for the project, located in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.

"If definitive agreements are reached, Suzlon will deliver the turbines under a full EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) agreement," it said.

Thomas Garner, Cennergi CEO said: “Our focus is to deliver renewable energy projects in South Africa. For this bid, Suzlon was an obvious choice based on its vast experience in emerging markets and current participation in the energy sector in South Africa specifically. We are very excited by this opportunity and are confident of building successful wind projects.”

“South Africa is very committed to its target of installing 8,400 MW of wind energy by 2030. We are very encouraged by the consistent work being done for the sector and look forward to making significant contribution towards this target," Tulsi Tanti, Chairman, Suzlon Group, said.

“It is a great honour that highly reputable companies like Tata Power and Exxaro have selected Suzlon as their preferred supplier – this underlines the market’s faith in Suzlon’s products and services," he said.

Silas Zimu, CEO, Suzlon South Africa, added: “Suzlon continues to grow from strength to strength in the South African market. Our objective is to provide not only clean and green energy, but also to create many jobs." If it goes ahead, project construction is expected to commence towards 2013, the release added.

By José Santamarta,