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South Africa: OREC aims to build 800 wind turbines locally in 5 years

Independent power company Palm Power System, a subsidiary of Okhela Renewable Energy Corporation (Orec), will start manufacturing 30-kV wind turbines in January.
Orec, which is also pursuing opportunities in hydro, wind, solar, biomass, biofuels and wave energy, plans to complete the prototype for its wind turbines between June and December and production, in a joint venture with Venture SA, will start early next year in Centurion.

As part of its R2,4-billion five-year plan to install 800 machines, with a combined capacity of 240 MW, Mabena said that Orec was in talks with the Nelson Mandela Municipality and an Eastern Cape-based group of private companies to supply wind turbines for renewable energy projects.

He explained that the private group was investigating the establishment a 12 MW wind farm, in the Eastern Cape, and that Orec was hoping to supply 38 of its 300-kV machines.

The Nelson Mandela Municipality was considering a 3 x 20 MW wind farm and Orec was eager to supply 65 of its machines.

Both the private sector group and the municipality had indicated that they might agree to sign a long-term power purchase agreement with Orec, Mabena added.

Orec was mainly targeting the South African market, but he noted that it was also pursuing opportunities in Africa. Neighbouring Namibia, which imports most of its electricity from South Africa, was one of the company’s main focus areas.

Additional information: Read the full article at Engineering News
News date: 07/06/2007

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