South Africa’s Northern Cape Province is home to the second highest number of wind farms in the Country.

Two utility-scale wind farms – Loeriesfontein and Khobab – have recently announced the commencement of their 20-year commercial operations. Read more…

The two farms were developed by South African firm, Mainstream Renewable Power, which also managed the construction process and will oversee the operations and maintenance of the plants.

Northern Cape wind farms: partnerships

The farms have a combined price tag of approximately R7 billion and are owned by a consortium led by Lekela Power, which is dedicated to providing clean, renewable energy to the people of South Africa, according to a company statement.

Other shareholders include: Thebe Investment Corporation; The IDEAS Managed Fund; Futuregrowth Asset Management; Genesis Eco-Energy in partnership with Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital; Khobab Community Trusts; and Loeriesfontein Community Trusts.

The Trusts will carrying out public benefit activities to assist the local community through economic development.

Procurement

The majority of the 99m turbine towers were locally manufactured at the Gestamp Wind Turbine Tower Factory in the Western Cape.

The turbine generators were supplied by Siemens Wind Power; and civil and electrical works were completed by a consortium comprised of Murray and Roberts Construction and Consolidated Power Projects.

Loeriesfontein Wind Farm Construction Milestones:

  • Construction of the wind turbine generator foundations started, 1 September 2015
  • First turbine lifting completed 11 August 2016
  • All 61 turbine foundations were completed, 11 September 2016
  • All 61 wind turbines erected by 28 February 2017
  • Energisation of the Helios substation on 28 September2017
  • Collector circuits energised on 22 July 2017
  • Turbine commissioning commenced 24 July 2017
  • COD achieved on 8 December 2017

Khobab Wind Farm Construction Milestones:

  • Construction of the wind turbine generator foundations started 9 Feb 2016
  • All 61 turbine foundations were completed 11 December 2016
  • First turbine lifting completed 27 March 2017
  • All 61 wind turbines erected by 8 September 2017
  • Energization of Helios Substation 28 September 2017
  • COD achieved on 8 December 2017

 

Featured image: Loeriesfontein Wind Farm