Credit: Mulilo Renewable Energy

The Longyuan Mulilo De Aar Wind Power Project has been successfully commissioned, connecting an estimated 85,000 local residents to clean the power. Situated in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa, the plant has a generating capacity of 100MW per annum.

The announcement was made on the weekend by local government officials.

Wind farm project developments

The large-scale wind farm was developed by Chinese firm, China Longyuan Power Group Corporation, in partnership with Mulilo Renewable Energy.

The Chinese firm won the contract in 2015 to develop two wind farms – 100MW De Aar Phase I wind system and the 144MW De Aar Phase II North district facility – under the third round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

Debt financing was provided by Nedbank Limited acting through its Nedbank Capital Division, and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited.

View the full project presentation here.

Community development

MN Jack, member of the Executive Council for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism in Northern Cape Province explained that the project’s wind generation is the equivalent of 215,800 tonnes of standard coal and emission reduction of 619,900 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

The project makes a positive contribution to the local energy structure and the economic development, Jack said at a ceremony launching the operation on Friday. Read more...

“We hope that all the local people are going to maximise the benefits and job opportunities offered by the project,” said Jack.

More projects come online

In October, the Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and the Khobab Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape, marked a milestone as the wind farms officially connected to the Eskom grid.

The wind farms have been synchronised via Eskom’s Helios Substation and commissioning of wind turbines is reported to have commenced.

Commenting on the development, country construction manager for Mainstream Renewable Power, Kevin Foster, said: “We energised the wind farm substations with Eskom Transmission’s Helios substation on 28 September, marking a pivotal point in the construction of the both of the wind farms, and will now continue the process of wind turbine commissioning.”


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