Mainstream erects 1st turbine at 80-MW wind farm in S Africa
Noupoort first turbine. Source: Mainstream Renewable Power. License: All Rights Reserved.
Ireland's Mainstream Renewable Power said today the first turbine has been erected at its 80-MW Noupoort wind farm in South Africa's Northern Cape province.
The power plant, which will consists of a total of 35 turbines, is expected to start supplying electricity to the national grid by the middle of 2016. Mainstream said the ZAR-1.9-billion (USD 130m/EUR 120m) project was on schedule and on budget.
Siemens Wind Power is installing the turbines together with its subcontractors, Fairwind and BMS.
The project is part of the South African government's Round 3 Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP). It is being realised by a consortium led by Lekela Power, a 60/40 joint venture between private equity firm Actis and Mainstream.
Mainstream is a major wind and solar developer in South Africa. It has been awarded 848 MW of projects since the launch of the REIPPP.