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
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.