Gestamp Wind, the Wind division of Gestamp Renewables, has been awarded with a 20 year PPA for Copperton wind farm, a 102 MW wind project located in the Northern Cape.
Copperton Wind Farm was submitted for Round 4 in August 2014, it has been selected Preferred Bibber under the REIPP Program (Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program,) managed by the Department of Energy of South Africa.With Copperton Wind Farm, together with existing 75 MW wind project under operation since July 2014 (Noblesfontein Wind Farm,) Gestamp Wind expands its presence in South Africa and positions itself as one of the main wind IPPs in this country.
Signing of the PPA and start of construction is expected by the first quarter of 2016, and the Scheduled Commencement Operation Date for late 2017. The project will result in approximately 150 M€ of investment.
Dionisio Fernández, Gestamp Wind’s CEO said, “With this second PPA in South Africa, we reinforce our belief in wind farm development in international markets which have lots of potential for this technology.” He added “Gestamp Wind has additional 785 MW under development in several locations within South Africa that will be submitted in future public tenders which the South African Government might issue.”
Carlos Rodriguez Tortosa, Gestamp’s wind Country Manager, said, “With us being awarded with this project we will also contribute to alleviate the shortage of electricity supply South Africa is currently experiencing and we will make our best endeavors to deliver the power generation of Copperton Wind Farm to the grid in the shortest possible period of time.”