Globeleq underway with South Africa wind, PV

All three Globeleq Generation projects in South Africa, which were initially developed by Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP), have broken ground and are on track for completion in mid-2014, the Guernsey-based developer says.

MRP brought the three projects – the 138MW Jeffreys Bay wind farm in Eastern Cape and two 50MW PV arrays in Northern Cape – through the first-round bidding process before selling most of its stake.

Siemens has a large role in all three projects, supplying and installing its 2.3MW turbines at Jeffreys Bay, and acting as engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the two PV arrays – with Suntech on board to supply modules.

A South African consortium comprising Murray & Roberts and Conco is also on board to help with construction at Jeffreys Bay.

Other shareholders in the Globeleq projects include South Africa’s Thebe Investment Corporation and Enzani Technologies, and, in the case of Jeffreys Bay, London-listed financial group Old Mutual.

More than 500MW of wind capacity is now under construction in South Africa, with the country becoming over the past 18 months one of the most exciting emerging markets for both wind and solar.

Vestas grabbed a 36% share of the turbine market in the first two tender rounds concluded, while Suzlon, Nordex, Acciona and China’s Sinovel have also won orders.