Khobab Wind Farm and Loeriesfontein Wind Farm have announced the successful completion of the transportation of all their turbine components. The final load from the Port of Ngqura left to site on 23 August arriving at Khobab Wind Farm 25 August 2017, marking the conclusion of over 1 000 abnormal loads.
The first wind turbine component departed en route to Loeriesfontein, from Atlantis, over a year ago. “This massive logistical undertaking saw 1 098 loads travel to site over a sixteen month period. It is by far the most expansive transportation programme that the industry has seen to date. The operation covered over 2.5 million kilometres and moved an astounding 42,000 tonnes of wind turbine components,” said Kevin Foster, Country Construction Manager for Mainstream Renewable Power.
Loeriesfontein will soon become home to one of the largest expanse of wind turbines on the African continent. Khobab and Loeriesfontein Wind Farms, which together span 6 653 hectares, will produce an impressive combined output of 280MW of energy generated by their 122 wind turbines. This is equivalent to 240 000 average households being powered each year, providing a massive boost to energy provision in the country.
“This has been a huge undertaking and we would like to thank the public for their patience and support,” added Foster.
The team working on the programme amounts to a very large group of dedicated individuals, from both the turbine supplier Siemens and the transport contractors DHL and ALE. Drivers, escorts, riggers, supervisors, fitters, auto electricians, engineers, crane drivers, flagmen and of course a health and safety officer are amongst the employees that make up this 90 strong team.
Loeriesfontein and Khobab Wind Farm are owned by a consortium dedicated to providing clean, renewable energy to the people of South Africa:
- Lekela Power is a pan-African renewable energy generation platform delivering utility scale wind and solar power into commercial operations in Africa. Lekela is owned 60% by Actis, the leading growth markets energy investor (US$13bn funds raised across three asset classes since inception) and 40% by a consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power (over 9,000MW in development, construction and operations across five continents) which includes investors such as the IFC and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
- Khobab Community Trust & Loeriesfontein Community Trust: Established by the project company with the objective of carrying out public benefit activities to benefit the local community in the areas of enterprise development, education and health.
- Thebe Investment Corporation; one of South Africa’s most established broad based BEE Investment management companies and leading investor in the Energy & Resources sector (advised by Bridge Capital).
- The IDEAS Managed Fund, a policy product of Old Mutual Life Assurance Company Limited, is a fund for institutional investors that invests in transport (roads and railways), government accommodation (public private partnerships), energy (gas pipelines and storage), thermal power generation (gas) and renewable energy (solar, wind and hydro projects). While infrastructure investments are generally vital for economic growth and have tangible social and environmental impacts, the fund targets investments with the potential to deliver long-term returns well above inflation, while seeking to simultaneously meet social and environmental objectives.
- The IDEAS Managed Fund is managed by African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), a subsidiary of Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI).
- Futuregrowth Asset Management is a fixed interest investment company that protects and grows around R170 billion of clients’ assets across the full scope of interest-bearing products, and a range of development funds, in a way that has a positive financial, economic and social impact on investors, communities and the country as a whole.
- Genesis Eco-Energy in partnership with Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital. Genesis Eco Energy is a pioneering South African renewable energy developer which has been active in South Africa since 2001. Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital is a resource efficiency private equity fund that has garnered additional support of two of its investors DEG (The German Development Bank) and FMO (The Dutch Development Bank) in the investment across the Mainstream portfolio.