For the two projects Karusa and Soetwater, Vestas will supply its V136-4.2 MW turbines, delivered in 4.2MW Power Optimised Mode. The projects will be 147MW each and will see the debut of the 4.2MW turbine in South Africa. Delivery of the turbines is planned for the second half of 2020.

The wind projects will be located in South African Western Cape and will feature 35 turbines each with a hub height of 82m. The turbines are claimed to be suited for the sites’ medium-speed wind conditions. Vestas will also supply its VestasOnline Business SCADA solution to reduce turbine downtime and levelised cost of energy.

The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines along with a 5 year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement.

Vestas Northern & Central Europe president Nils de Baar said: “We are very dedicated to making a difference in South Africa and contribute to enhancing socio-economic growth and sustainable educational development.

“We are doing so by procuring locally produced towers, contracting local transport companies and supporting community school programs through our own initiative, the Vestas Empowerment Trust.”

As part of delivering the projects, the wind turbine company is expected to create local wind energy jobs, fulfilling the requirements of local content, skills development and socio-economic development initiatives.

Last month, the turbine-maker secured an order from an undisclosed customer, to supply its V-136-3.45MW turbines for a 60MW wind farm in Canada. The project is claimed to feature the tallest towers in North America.

The order also includes a five-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement for the project.

Delivery of the turbines is expected to take place in the second quarter of next year and the commissioning could take place in the fourth quarter.