Ten of the Jeffreys Bay wind farm’s turbines have begun to supply power to South Africa’s national utility, Eskom, it being one of the country’s first wind farms to do so. “Our project substation has been energised, which means that we are now connected to the Eskom grid,” Mark Pickering, general manager of Jeffreys Bay wind farm says.
Over 65% of the project’s total 60 wind turbines have already been erected and the transportation programme, which transports components from the Port of Ngqura, is soon to draw to an end. The final turbine foundation base was completed during the first week of December
The substation is divided into two parts, one for which Eskom is responsible for commissioning. Jeffreys Bay wind farm spans 3,700 ha and is one of the first wind farms being developed by the South African governments Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme. The site was chosen for its optimal wind conditions and minimal environmental constraints, as well as its close proximity to a 132 kV Eskom grid line.