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Jeffreys Bay wind farm fully commissioned

Jeffreys Bay wind farm has announced that all 60 of its wind turbines are in place and fully commissioned. The project is moving along to its Commercial Operations Date. The Jeffries Bay wind farm began supplying power to Eskom in December last year and erected its final turbine in February 2014.

“We were one of the country’s first wind farms to be connected to the national power grid and look forward to achieving commercial operations soon,” Mark Pickering, general manager of Jeffreys Bay wind farm, says.

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.

Jeffreys Bay Power (RF) (Pty) Ltd is majority owned by Globeleq, the emerging markets power company, and its consortium partners, Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa, Old Mutual, Thebe Investment Corporation, Jeffreys Bay Community Trust, Enzani Technologies and Usizo Engineering. Siemens will provide, install and commission the wind turbines and will maintain them for the first ten years of operation. A consortium of Murray & Roberts and Conco are responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the balance of plant, including turbine foundations, civil works, the electrical collection network and the main substation. Construction is being managed by Mainstream Construction. The project company is managed by Globeleq.

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