April 9, 2012
Cennergi selects Suzlon turbines for 138 MW project bid in South Africa
- Cennergi is a joint venture by Exxaro and Tata Power
- Supply and EPC contract for 66 S97 turbines
Pune (India): Suzlon Group (Suzlon), the world's fifth largest wind turbine manufacturer, has
been selected as the preferred supplier by Cennergi for a 138 MW wind energy project currently
under development in South Africa. 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, located in the
Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. If definitive agreements are reached, Suzlon will deliver
the turbines under a full EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) agreement.
Speaking on the partnership, Thomas Garner, Cennergi CEO said: Our focus is to deliver
renewable energy projects in South Africa. For this bid, Suzlon was an obvious choice based on
its vast experience in emerging markets and current participation in the energy sector in South
Africa specifically. We are very excited by this opportunity and are confident of building
successful wind projects.
Tulsi Tanti, Chairman Suzlon Group, said: South Africa is very committed to its target of
installing 8,400 MW of wind energy by 2030. We are very encouraged by the consistent work
being done for the sector and look forward to making significant contribution towards this target.
It is a great honour that highly reputable companies like Tata Power and Exxaro have selected
Suzlon as their preferred supplier this underlines the markets faith in Suzlons products and
Silas Zimu, CEO Suzlon South Africa, added: Suzlon continues to grow from strength to
strength in the South African market. Our objective is to provide not only clean and green
energy, but also to create many jobs. This venture 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.
If it goes ahead, project construction is expected to commence towards 2013.