South Africa, Kangnas
Situated approximately 52km east of the town of Springbok in the Nama Khoi Local Municipality of the Northern Cape, Kangnas wind farm gained preferred bidder status in 2015 in the fourth round of the South Africa Government Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.
Construction for the wind farm commenced in June 2018, after the project reached financial close earlier in the year. The project is set to begin operating in 2020, and will continue to generate electricity for 20 years.
This project will use 61 Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines each capable of producing 2.3 megawatts. Each turbine will have a 108-meter rotor diameter and a 115 MM hub height.
In addition to the wind turbines and foundations, a network of medium voltage array cabling will be constructed, collecting the energy generated and transmitting it to an on-site substation. The project substation will increase the voltage of the electricity generated to the interconnection level, after which it will be transported to the grid connection point. A network of on-site roads and crane hardstands will be constructed to allow construction and maintenance of the wind turbine generators and supporting equipment.
The wind farm will provide approximately 500 GWh each year of clean, economic and renewable energy to the national grid.
As with all Lekela projects, the Kangnas site will be built with the support of local employment employing approximately 400 workers at the peak of construction. Lekela continues to drive an increase in the local content in its projects and many of the components used at the Kangnas wind farm, including the wind turbine towers, will be manufactured in South Africa.
The local community will benefit from a 15% shareholding in the wind farm through a community trust that will be established at financial close. Additionally, the wind farm works actively with the local community to design and invest in meaningful socio-economic and economic development projects in the local area. It is anticipated that over the life of the wind farm over ZAR 467m will be invested locally in such projects.