All 60 Siemens turbines are now in place at the 138MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm near Humansdorp in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.
The project team has been transporting the 2.3MW turbines since last July to the site of the wind farm, one of the largest yet planned in South Africa.
The Jeffreys Bay project, one of the first to be developed under the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), is expected to start supplying electricity into the national grid by mid-2014.
The 60 wind turbines were supplied, installed, and will be maintained by Siemens for a ten-year period.
According to Mark Pickering, general manager of Jeffreys Bay, over the last seven months a 70-man team carried out a total of 480 loads, carrying 85-tonne nacelles more than 110,000km in total.
The wind farm site is located within close proximity to a 132kV Eskom transmission line.
A consortium comprising Mainstream Renewable Power, Globeleq, Old Mutual, Thebe Investment Corporation, Enzani Technologies and Usizo Engineering, as well as a local community trust, is developing the project.