Danish wind turbine manufacturer, Vestas, has secured an order to supply 108 MW wind turbines for Witberg Wind Farm, to be located in Western Cape, South Africa. The wind energy project is being developed by local independent power producer Red Rocket.
The latest order for wind turbines from Vestas by Red Rocket follows its initial order of 373 MW in wind turbines in March last year for its Brandvalley, Rietkloof and Wolf wind projects, to be located in Western Cape and Eastern Cape South Africa.
Vestas revealed that the new contract with Red Rocket includes the supply and installation of 24 V136-4.5 MW wind turbines, as well as a 15-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) agreement.
“This project will be the largest private wind farm constructed in South Africa to date, and it will contribute significantly to South Africa’s energy landscape,” said Red Rocket CEO, Matteo Brambilla.
“The private off-taker for this venture is Sibanye Stillwater. For this historic project, we are partnering with Vestas and believe that renewable energy, such as wind power, is the key to a sustainable and greener future for the region”, added Brambilla.
Vestas indicated that it plans to fulfil turbine delivery by the second half of 2024, and commissioning is planned for the first quarter of 2025.
“I would like to thank Red Rocket for their trust in Vestas’ 4MW platform. We are glad to see how the versatility of our portfolio continues to contribute to the country’s energy transition. We are convinced that wind power can play a paramount role in achieving a more reliable, affordable and sustainable energy mix in South Africa”, says Vestas Managing Director, Novani Ganess-Johnson.
Vestas currently leads the South African wind power market with over 1.4 GW of installed and under construction capacity.