Speaking at WINDABA 2015, in Cape Town – multi-megawat wind turbine manufacturer Nordex, who have been awarded four projects in the Eastern Cape as part of the REIPPPP (Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme), believes that there must be a strong focus of Government and all stakeholders to guarantee the continuity of the renewable energy market in South Africa and to advance job creation.
This is according to Anne Henschel, Managing Director of Nordex Energy South Africa, who spoke at WINDABA 2015, hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), the 4th annual wind industry conference at the CTICC from 4th to 5th November.
Henschel formed part of a wind industry forum in which major players engaged multilaterally on the topic: “What is the enhanced role of wind power in the unfolding South African energy landscape?”, on Wednesday, 4th November:
The key issues discussed by panelists were job creation, skills development, grid integration and capacity and certainty of the local market, while assisting to build a cost competitive and efficient renewable energy industry.
One of the key areas of optimism at this year’s Windaba was the role of the industry in local job creation. Says Ms. Tina Joemat-Pettersen, South Africa Minister of Energy, in her speech presented at the Windaba: “Across bid window 1 to 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) we expect 32,041 job years to be created.”
Henschel commented: “We want to build and grow the renewable industry in South Africa. Further job creation depends on the capacity and the certainty of the local policy framework and South Africa needs at least a yearly allocation of 1000 MW to build a sustainable wind industry.”
Says Anne Henschel further: “Further job creation is dependent on local skills development. Finding the right partners is crucial. The SARETEC facility in Bellville, as part of CPUT, is an example of a successful partnership by the Department of Higher Education, the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and Nordex, founded on Eurpoean standards, where local trainees benefit from technical skills transfer and a curriculum for service technicians in the wind industry. South Africa is proving to be an example for other countries when it comes to job creation. At SARETEC, Nordex sponsored major components of a wind turbine and trainees are learning and mastering how to understand the functionality of a wind turbine, how to service and maintain it.”
The OEM working forum, which Nordex is part of, is a further example how partnerships are building and growing the local wind industry. The OEM working group seeks to bring together key players in the industry. According to Henschel, the group will discuss issues and learnings with grid compliance, industry standards and brainstorm a coordinated approach to support the creation of a renewables manufacturing industry, find solutions for Health Safety and Environmental Standards (HSE) and exchange opinions about technical aspects of the wind industry business.
Celebrating 30 years of pioneering wind business globally, Nordex South Africa has established its local market share of 14 percent; making it one of the country’s top three players in the sector. Its 30 years of experience with multi-megawatt turbines gives Nordex a decisive lead over most of its competitors.
As part of the REIPPPP, Nordex has been awarded four projects in the Eastern Cape:
- Dorper Wind Farm, led by Rainmaker Energy and Sumitomo has 40 turbines with a capacity of 100 MW
- Kouga Wind Farm, led by Red Cap, has 37 turbines with 80 MW capacity
- Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm, led by Cennergi, has 56 turbines with 134.4 MW capacity
- Gibson Bay Wind Farm, with 37 turbines and 111 MW capacity
Added Henschel: “Currently, Nordex has installed 97 wind turbines in South Africa. The Dorper Wind Farm and the Kouga Wind Farms are in operation. Construction of the Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm, south of Bedford, is under construction and on time and in Gibson Bay foundations are being laid.” The four projects include long-term service and maintenance agreements after completion.