First turbine up at Noupoort Wind Farm
Noupoort Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape, has announced that it has completed the erection of the first of its thirty-five wind turbines. This is a pivotal point in the construction of the wind farm, with the next major construction milestone being the energisation of the substation.
Noupoort Wind Farm completed all wind turbine foundations ahead of schedule last month and also recently received its main transformer responsible for increasing the voltage from 33kV to 132KV, the voltage at which the electricity is transferred to Eskom’s national grid.
The ZAR1.9 billion wind farm is expected to start supplying electricity to the national grid by mid-2016, as part of the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.
So far, the wind farm has seen the delivery of more than 100 of the 315 abnormal loads to the wind farm.
Siemens Wind Power along with their subcontractors, Fairwind and BMS, are responsible for the installation. The wind farm is expected to generate approximately 305 000MWh each year of clean, renewable energy to the national grid and will avoid roughly 300,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually when compared to traditional fossil fuel power plants.
Further information is available on the Noupoort Wind Farm website: www.noupoortwind.co.za.