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Goldwind to build wind in Africa

Chinese wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology (HKG:2208) said Friday it has been contracted to equip and construct the 32.5-MW Excelsior wind park in South Africa, booking its second deal in the country for 2015.

The project was awarded to the company in the fourth bid round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement (REIPPP) programme, while the contract was signed with domestic independent power producer (IPP) BioTherm Energy on June 7. This announcement is made less than two months after Goldwind unveiled it had won the 120-MW Golden Valley wind project from the same developer. Both plants will be located in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.

As part of the latest deal, Goldwind will deliver 13 units of 2.5-MW 109/2500 direct-drive permanent magnetic wind turbines and will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project.

Goldwind will continue to seek new opportunities in the emerging African markets, it noted. The company’s first contract of the kind was for the 51-MW Adama wind farm in central Ethiopia

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