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Global Wind Service (GWS) have launched into the growing South African market by opening Global Wind Service (SA Pty) Ltd. in Gauteng near Johannesburg.

GWS have initiated their eighth operational business unit in South Africa to complement their other operations in Denmark, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Romania and Turkey.

The first project in the pipeline for GWS in South Africa is the installation of the 46 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines on the Eskom owned Sere Wind Farm in the Western Cape. GWS will utilise one installation team on the project  and will focus on training local technicians during the six month long project to further increase their capability in the country.

“We believe that South Africa is one of the most interesting emerging onshore wind markets today. Industry analysts suggest that around 3.3GW of onshore wind will need to be installed by 2020 in order to meet the countries ambitious renewable energy targets.” said Lars Petersen, CEO.

“We have taken the initiative and the necessary investment to build up a world-class company. And our philosophy has been to do this on a local basis as we believe this will ensure our best chance of long-term success”.

Installation work on the R2.4-billion Sere project started at the beginning of October. The project is scheduled to begin feeding electricity into the grid in the first half of 2014 and will be the flagship of Eskom’s renewable fleet.