South Africa is in the midst of developing a new fleet of renewable energy plants. WorleyParsons is the design engineer for the balance of plant contract in the construction of the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm in the Eastern Cape. The R2.8 billion project is set to inject 138 MW into the national power grid when it is commissioned this year. The Jeffreys Bay project is owned by a broad based consortium anchored by local investors including Thebe Investment Corporation, Enzani Technologies, Usizo Engineering, Globeleq, Mainstream Renewable Power and Old Mutual. The consortium, entered into a 20 year power purchasing agreement with Eskom, governed by the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP).

Boasting 60 wind turbines, Jeffreys Bay wind farm, is positioned as one of the largest wind farms in South Africa and a continental pioneer within the REIPPP space. Construction began in July 2013 has proceeded smoothly. WorleyParsons‘s role includes gravel access road design, turbine base design, operations and maintenance building and associated infrastructure design. WorleyParsons is also conducting ad hoc site supervision and quality control assessments.

The Jeffreys Bay wind farm contract was awarded as part of the first phase in the REIPPP. The fleet of wind and solar power facilities coming on stream under the first phase are positioned as pioneers in the broader plan designed to deliver about 18,000 MW of renewable energy for the national grid by 2030. This will give South Africa a healthier power generation mix, lessening over reliance on non-renewable power generation.

In pursuing an environmentally friendlier mix of power generation, the government aims to encourage development of a local renewable energy industry which can be exported. WorleyParsons South African CEO Digby Glover says that the experiences gained on the construction site of Jeffreys Bay wind farm have enabled effective knowledge sharing between local and international players.

The Jeffery’s Bay Project has had a positive impact on surrounding communities through commercial opportunities for small entrepreneurs and creating new jobs. During construction, the project supported 500 contract jobs and will sustain 98 permanent jobs into the future.

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