In South Africa, the Noupoort Wind Farm, located in the Northern Cape Province, has announced that it has completed the construction of the first of its thirty-five wind turbines.
According to a company statement, the ZAR1.9 billion wind farm project forms part of the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
Martina Flanagan, Project Manager of Noupoort Wind Farm commented: “We are extremely pleased [to] be on schedule and on budget.”
The wind farm is predicted to start feeding into the national grid by mid-2016.
The press release stated that the next major construction will be “the energisation of the substation.”
Noupoort Wind Farm has recently received its main transformer which will be responsible for increasing the voltage from 33KV to 132KV transferring it to Eskom’s national grid.
Wind farm will avoid 300,000 tonnes of carbon emissions
The release highlighted that the wind farm, projected to generate about 305,000MWh each year of renewable energy to the national grid, will also avoid approximately 300,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year when compared to traditional fossil fuel power plants.
Siemens Wind Power along with their subcontractors, Fairwind and BMS, are responsible for the installation of the turbines.
The construction of Noupoort Wind Farm
The release gave insight into the construction of the turbine, stating that the 100m tall wind turbines can take a single day to build under favourable weather conditions.
“The three 53m blades, made from fibreglass reinforced epoxy, are connected to the rotor at ground level before being lifted to the top of the turbine. This is a complicated lifting exercise, in which one crane raises the assembled rotor whilst another smaller crane and taglines guide the rotor into the correct position,” the release stated.
Flanagan added: “With two cranes working simultaneously, it is really impressive to watch the 108 meter diameter rotor being lifted.”
“The wind turbine’s tip reaches an impressive 154m into the sky when one of the blades stands vertically. The heaviest component is the nacelle, which contains the generator and gearbox; and weighs 82.5 tonnes,” the release said.