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Enel awards one more S African wind contract to Vestas

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November 1 (Renewables Now) - Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) has won another order from Enel Green Power in South Africa, this time for the 148-MW Oyster Bay wind farm.

The contract includes the supply, installation and commissioning of 41 units of V117-3.45 MW turbines in 3.6 MW Power Optimised Mode, and a 5-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. Delivery and installation are scheduled for the second half of 2020.

Two weeks ago, Vestas announced contracts for Enel’s Karusa and Soetwater projects in South Africa, each of 147 MW. The new order brings Vestas’ total announced order intake from the latest South African auction to 441 MW.

“[The closing of auction round four] marks a very positive restart of the South African wind market, which holds great potential for future projects,” Nils de Baar, President of Vestas Northern & Central Europe, commented.

Vestas Southern Africa will use locally produced towers. It will also work to ensure skills development at project sites and support social economic development initiatives in the regions, the company noted.

The South African renewables unit of Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) achieved financial close for the Oyster Bay, Karusa and Soetwater projects, and two more, together representing 700 MW of capacity, in the third quarter of 2018. When all five wind parks are completed, which is expected to happen in 2021, Enel Green Power’s installed capacity in South Africa will be exceeding 1.2 GW, the company said at the time.

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