Engineering News – Wind tower producer GRI Towers South Africa has called on government to insist on more local content in the energy supply chain to ensure energy security for South Africa in line with anticipations of a changed global economic reality post Covid-19.
According to GRI, government has achieved positive momentum in the past few months by taking decisive steps towards implementing a new independent energy procurement round. It says this is a good sign for foreign companies that have invested in South Africa’s renewable energy sector.
GRI plant manager Daniel Erasun, however, bemoans the fact that until the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) Round 5 procurement gets under way, wind projects cannot move forward.
“It is becoming increasingly difficult to motivate our international shareholders to wait it out,” he added.
GRI Renewable Industries, which is based in Spain, has 16 wind energy industrial component manufacturing facilities in eight countries.
The company’s operation in Atlantis in the Western Cape opened its wind tower manufacturing plant in 2014, creating over 300 jobs and developing key skills in the process. The plant has the capacity to manufacture over 150 wind towers a year, which is the equivalent of supplying 400 MW in new-build wind farms a year.