Nordex Expand It’s Wind Energy Capacity by 830MW in SA

Nordex Energy South Africa, the local subsidiary of the German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex, has announced plans to augment its South African operations with an additional 830MW of wind energy generation capacity.

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Nordex Energy Expand Wind Energy Capacity by 830MW in SA

This significant expansion represents a 75% increase over the company’s existing installed capacity of 1GW and is slated for completion by mid-2025.

David Hortet, Head of Sales for Africa at Nordex Energy South Africa, emphasized the company’s commitment to bolstering sustainable energy resources and supporting the transition towards renewable energy.

He stated, “Our increased commitment in South Africa demonstrates our confidence in the renewable energy sector.”

The additional capacity will primarily cater to private offtake agreements facilitated by the government’s independent power procurement programme, which encourages power-purchase agreements between private entities.

Distributing Energy Generated Through the Agreements

The comapany aims to deliver the energy generated through these agreements to end-users via the national transmission operator.

As the leading wind turbine manufacturer in South Africa, Nordex has played a pivotal role in the country’s renewable energy landscape. The recent financial close of the EDF Renewables Korusun wind projects, including the Umsobomvu and Hartebeesthoek facilities, underscores Nordex’s contribution.

These projects, equipped with 50 Nordex 5.9MW turbines, collectively boast a capacity of 295MW. In anticipation of the growth in South Africa’s wind energy sector, Nordex is strategically localizing parts of its manufacturing pipeline.

Implementation of New Generation Technology

The company plans to establish a manufacturing plant in Humansdorp, where it will produce concrete tower sections for its wind turbines, beginning in June. The facility will specialize in constructing 120m-high towers, contributing to the localization of Nordex’s production network.

Addressing the skills gap in the industry, Zelrese Brair, Head of People at Nordex South Africa, highlighted the implementation of new-generation technology and an internship program aimed at nurturing future technicians.

Nordex remains committed to advancing the wind energy sector in South Africa while fostering local skills development and technological innovation.



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