May 23, 2012
Suzlons 138 MW project for Cennergi amongst preferred bidders selected by South African Department of Energy
- Supply and EPC contract for 66 S97 Suzlon turbines
- Largest Project among the selected bids
- Cennergi is a joint venture by Exxaro and Tata Power
Pune/Durban: The Republic of South Africas Minister for Energy, Dipuo Peters, announced her
Departments selection of the 138 MW AmakhalaEmoyeni Phase 1 wind energy project to be
carried out in Eastern Cape, by Suzlon Group, the worlds fifth largest* wind turbine supplier.The
project was submitted by Cennergi under the second window of the Request for Bids for the
Independent Power Producers Programme .
Cennergi is an equal joint venture between South Africa's Exxaro Resources Limited (Exxaro)
and The Tata Power Company Limited (Tata Power), Indias largest private power utility.
Cennergi has chosen to use 66 of Suzlons S97-2.1 MW turbines for the project. Suzlon will
deliver the turbines under a full EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) agreement.
Speaking on the partnership, Thomas Garner, Cennergi CEO said: We had presented a very
high quality bid, tailor-made for the energy needs of the Republic of South Africa. Suzlons vast
experience in emerging markets and current standing in the energy sector in South Africa
specifically, has been instrumental in securing this bid. We are very excited by this opportunity
and are looking forward to building a very successful wind project.
Silas Zimu, CEO Suzlon South Africa, added: The selection of our turbines, once again, in
the second window of the (RFP) process is testament to the quality of our products and services.
This project is especially exciting as it shows how a South African Black empowered developer
(Cennergi) partnered with a South African Black empowered manufacturer (Suzlon) can ensure
that the Government's commitments on wind energy are realized. The project is the largest of
the awarded wind projects during the bid.
This is yet another opportunity to continue in our objective to provide clean and green energy,
and also to create many jobs.
Project construction is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2013.