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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.

DCD Wind Towers Constructing a renewable energy future
On the website for DCD Group’s brand-new Wind Tower division, a clock counts down to the opening of its 23,000 sqm, R300 million factory in the Coega Development Zone, Port Elizabeth. This state-of-the-art facility, the first wind tower in South Africa, will commence production in January, 2014. With equipment currently being installed, it marks the latest phase of the country’s major drive into renewable energy.
Wind energy blows in significant opportunities for South Africa
Wind power projects will assist in providing not only power for the national grid but also much-needed skills development and job opportunities, renewable-energy company DCD Energy marketing manager Hendrik Schoeman tells Engineering News.
Wind tower factory for Coega

THE Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has welcomed the investment in a wind tower manufacturing facility valued R300m in Coega Development Zone by the DCD group.

Wind may be key to EC's industrial renaissance

THE sod-turning of the DCD wind tower manufacturing plant in the Coega IDZ last week was important, not only because of the jobs it will create or the fact that it is yet another sign of confidence in the zone, but because of the fact that it is in the non-automotive manufacturing sector.

DCD Wind Towers

DCD Wind Towers will produce complete tubular steel towers for Wind Turbines. The wind turbine towers will vary in sizes ranging between 80 and 120 meters, with individual sections weighing between 40 to 60 tons. DCD Wind Towers is establishing a factory that will be internationally competitive in terms of production, quality and pricing.

The DCD Wind Towers business is an expansion on DCD's core power generation capabilities. Power generation is a major focus point for the DCD Group, which manufactured components to all 22 of South Africa's power stations between the 1960s and the 1990s. DCD is also currently involved at Medupi, Kusile and Ngula power stations, and places a strong emphasis on being a player in coal, gas, nuclear and renewable energy in South Africa

As a first in the country, DCD manufactured a 80m tower, 50m rotor blades and assembled the nacelle for a turbine under license from Aerodyne, a leading German engineering company.

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.

DCD intends to continue partnering with government to ensure that local manufacturers have the opportunity to participate in assembling turbines and manufacture other components.

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