Siemens turbines en route in S. Africa

The first wind turbines are being transported from South Africa’s port of Ngqura to the 138MW Jeffreys Bay wind farm site near Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape.

Trucks will transport the Siemens machines to the site on a regular basis until January 2014.

Jeffreys Bay will comprise 60 Siemens turbines on a site covering 3,700 hectares. Siemens will supply, install and maintain the turbines for a ten-year period.

The Jeffreys Bay project, one of the first wind farms to be developed under the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme, is expected to start supplying electricity into the national grid by mid-2014.

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.