In the North West region of South Africa, the 140MW Kangnas Wind Farm, one of the REIPPPP’s giant Bid Window 4 projects, is gearing up for construction, having already cleared 95% of its site roads, totalling over 52km’s.
The sit terrain has a rocky underlay prevalent in over 80% of foundation hardstands. The construction team, led by Manie Kotzé, has already managed to clear thirty-three hardstands as well as excavating two turbine foundations.
“Clearing and grubbing is an essential part of all construction development, paving the way for us to begin excavating the turbine foundations,” explained Kotzé, Construction Project Manager for Kangnas Wind Farm.
Even though it’s still early days in the construction process, considering that financial closure was achieved just three months ago, the construction team has also commenced with controlled blasting, to a depth of 2,5metres, on five hardstands and is forging ahead to begin building the turbine foundations.
“We hope to have excavated twenty-one foundations by the end of September and then can justly say that construction is truly underway,” added Kotzé, who describes the technology behind generating wind power efficiently and effectively as fascinating.
Kangnas Wind Farm is situated in the Nama Khoi Municipal area, in the Northern Cape. This Province is home to more than half the country’s 112 independent power producers (IPP), with more than 19 projects already connected to the grid with a capacity of 900MW.
The Northern Cape is the recipient of the majority of IPP’s from the latest bid window, green-lighted in April this year, which will bring 15 new wind, solar PV and CSP projects to the Province.
Once operational, Kangnas Wind Farm will deliver 140MW’s of clean renewable power from its sixty-one, 115m-high, wind turbines. It will have the capacity to generate around 563,500MWh of clean renewable energy per year and is expected to supply electricity to power up to 120,000 South African homes.
Kangnas Wind Farm is expected to eliminate approximately 550,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year when compared to traditional fossil fuel power plants.
In addition to zero carbon emissions and reduced use of fossil fuels, the country will benefit from almost zero water consumption that is required during the generation process.