South Africa – The global wind and solar energy company, Mainstream Renewable Power, is on course to complete the construction of two more wind farms by the end of 2017 in South Africa.
Situated in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farms, which together span 6,653 hectares, will produce an impressive combined output of 280MW of energy generated by their 122 wind turbines.
This is equivalent to 240 000 average households being powered each year, providing a massive boost to energy provision in the country.
Mainstream Renewable Power recently announced the successful completion of the transportation of all their turbine components for the two wind farms.
Commenting on the scale of logistics involved Kevin Foster, Country Construction Manager for Mainstream Renewable Power, said, “This massive logistical undertaking saw 1,098 loads travel to site over a sixteen month period. It is by far the most expansive transportation programme that the industry has seen to date. The operation covered over 2.5 million kilometres and moved an astounding 42,000 tonnes of wind turbine components.”
The beginning of September saw the completion of all 61 wind turbine installations at Khobab, more than two weeks ahead of schedule.
Construction at Loeriesfontein wind farm commenced in September 2015, with a large number of the workforce, who have also directly benefited from the skills development programmes, coming from the Loeriesfontein community.
In October 2013 a consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power was awarded the contracts for three wind farms by the Department of Energy in South Africa under the third round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Procurement Programme.
The consortium consists of Mainstream Renewable Power, Actis, Thebe Investment Corporation, The IDEAS Managed Fund, Futuregrowth Asset Management and Genesis Eco-Energy in partnership with Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital.
The wind farms, which are all located in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province and include the now operational Noupoort wind farm as well as the Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms, represent an investment of approximately ZAR9 billion.
The funding for the projects was arranged and underwritten by Barclays and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.
Siemens Wind Power, along with their sub-contractors, Fairwind and BMS, are responsible for the installation of the wind turbine generators.