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Mainstream Renewable Power completes installation of turbines at South African wind farm

CTBR Staff Writer Published 12 September 2017

Irish clean energy company Mainstream Renewable Power has completed the installation of turbines at the 140MW Khobab wind farm located in the Hantam Municipality 60km north of Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape.

The Khobab wind farm comprises 61 of Siemens’ turbines, each with an electricity generating capacity of 2.3MW. Each of the turbines have been installed on 100m tall towers.

The blades of the turbines are 53m long and they are made from fibreglass reinforced epoxy. From tip to tip the blades have a length of 154m. 

The company stated that the installation of the turbines has been completed two weeks ahead of the schedule.

Mainstream Renewable Power country construction manager Kevin Foster said: “This is a hugely significant health and safety construction milestone for two of the country’s largest wind farms that collectively comprise of 122 wind turbine generators and spanning a total of 6,653 hectares.  Considering the sheer scale of the project, the multiple level of activities and the complexities involved, it is an impressive achievement.”

Khobab wind farm, along with its ‘sister’ wind farm, Loeriesfontein wind farm include 122 turbines. Collectively, the two wind farms will produce 280MW of clean electricity, which is enough to power 240,000 South African households.

The company also stated that installation phase was supported a large workforce from the local Loeriesfontein community and they have also directly benefited from the skills development programmes. Recently, the company stated that the last turbine components were transported to the wind farm.