In South Africa, Noupoort Wind Farm, situated in the Umsobomvu Local Municipality in the Northern Cape, announced a milestone on Monday for the completion of the first 14 foundations.
Employing over 200 local workers, the wind farm finished its first foundation on 19 May, with all 35 foundations due for completion in just a few months from now.
Martina Flanagan, Project Manager of Noupoort Wind Farm, said: “[…] 202 local people are working on the project including assembling the foundations for the wind turbines, almost a dozen of which have been cast to date.
“Employment of local labour will continue throughout the construction period.”
Noupoort Wind Farm is being built on an undeveloped site surrounding a small rural community, it will help boost the local economy and have a positive impact on the community.
The wind farm is ideally located with a great wind resource and it is situated 11 km from the Eskom 132kV overhead line, which the wind farm will loop into.
The 80MW wind farm is expected to generate approximately 305,000 megawatt hours each year.
When operating at full capacity the wind farm is expected to supply enough green electricity to power approximately 70,000 average South African homes and avoid roughly 300,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year when compared to traditional fossil fuel power plants, stated the company.
Supply and transportation
The 99m turbine towers are to be manufactured at the new Gestamp Wind Turbine Tower Factory, in Atlantis, Western Cape.
The blades, hubs and nacelles that compose the wind turbines, will arrive via the N9 from the Port of Ngqura in Coega, while the towers will be routed along the N1 from Atlantis.
Delivery of the turbines is due to commence in October of this year.
“We are extremely pleased with the progress of the wind farm’s construction to date”, concludes Flanagan.