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DCD Wind Towers is a R300m, 23 000m2 manufacturing facility located at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in the Eastern Cape, and is a joint initiative between the DCD Group, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Coega Development Corporation (CDC). We take a look.

The facility was specifically established in the Coega IDZ in 2013 to support the localisation of wind tower manufacturing in South Africa, and marks a new era for South Africa's renewable power generation capabilities by contributing to the long-term stability of national electricity supply.

Supporting the localisation of wind tower manufacturing essentially ensures the long-term and sustainable creation of more than 150 operational positions that include; boilermakers, shot-blasting operators, cutting operators, chamfering operators, roller operators, coded welders and fitters.

DCD Wind Towers is also contributing positively to sustainable and renewable power generation, as set out by the Department of Energy's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). DCD Wind Towers has already signed co-operation agreements with the turbine manufacturers that have been successful in Round 2 of the REIPPPP.

The DCD Wind Towers factory will manufacture between 150 and 200 towers per year for the successful REIPPPP bidders. The DCD Wind Towers factory conforms to a number of internationally recognised quality standards, including; DIN, EN, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. With technology partner Vestas, these towers are guaranteed to be manufactured to the highest international standards of quality and to exact OEM specifications, while remaining uniquely local.

DCD Wind Towers has already obtained formal recognition for its continued efforts and contributions towards promoting localisation in the energy sector, after being presented with the 'Distinguished Contribution to the Advancement of Local Content in Wind Energy Award' in 2013 by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA).

Rob KingThe DCD Wind Towers' manufacturing facility is more than just an investment in the Coega IDZ, but rather a legacy project that will go down in the history books as the first facility of its kind in Africa. This translates to local, sustainable jobs for the people of the region, with scarce skills training and development across a range of skill sets, which can be used not only in renewable energy, but automotive and nuclear sectors too.

About the DCD Group

The DCD Group (Pty) Ltd is an international manufacturing and engineering company providing products and solutions to the rail, mining and energy, defence and marine sectors. As a group, DCD is able to offer comprehensive, integrated heavy engineering solutions in addition to bespoke individual solutions. DCD has been an integral participant in South Africa's infrastructure development for decades and is now playing an active role as a partner of choice to government in the current infrastructure expansion drive.

This article was originally published in the Simply Green digital magazine and can be viewed here.

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