The Khobab Wind Farm in Loeriesfontein, Northern Cape, announced that it has been able to achieve local content commitments, exceeding 40% of the project’s total value.
“Local content has a vital role to play in the long-term growth of the renewable energy sector and its positive impact on the country,” Kevin Foster, project manager of Khobab Wind Farm, explained.
The transportation of various wind turbine components to Khobab Wind Farm have commenced with the first 2 nacelles, 2 hubs, and 3 blades having arrived at the wind farm on 22 February 2017, a press release stated.
Distance travel to Khobab Wind Farm
The tower sections travel to Loeriesfontein on the N1 road via Worcester, Laingsburg and Beaufort West, a five day journey of 1,396km.
The 53m long blades together with other components will travel a 1,158km route along the N10 road from the Port of Ngqura to Graaff-Reinet, Beaufort West and the last leg of the journey arriving at the site, the release explained.
“The blades, towers, hubs and nacelles take approximately 3-days, travelling at maximum speed of 50 to 70km per hour,” explained Foster.
Road users are urged to exercise caution and to visit the wind farm’s website (toward the bottom of the site) for additional information and updated transportation schedules.
Transportation is prohibited at night, during the school holiday period, on public holidays, during festivals or other special events.
Once completed, Khobab and its sister Loeriesfontein Wind Farm, are anticipated to produce a combined output of 280MW generated by their 122 wind turbines.
This is said to be equivalent of 240,000 average households being powered each year, providing a massive boost to energy provision in the country.
Low carbon footprint foundations pour
In July 2016, Khobab Wind Farm declared to have completed the project’s first foundation pour.
Foster said, “This revolutionary formula has been tested in the adjacent wind farm [Loeriesfontein Wind Farm] and we are confident to continue to use it in our foundations. The insights gained have allowed us to continue to test lower levels of Portland cement.”