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Turbine dawn for Khobab

First of 61 Siemens machines lifted at 140MW South African project

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The developers of the 140MW Khobab onshore wind farm in South Africa have completed the lifting of the first of the project's 61 Siemens 2.3MW turbines ahead of schedule.

First power from the project is expected to be exported in the next thee-to-four months, with electricity from all 61 turbines scheduled to reach the national grid by the end of 2017.

"This is a crucial point in the construction of the wind farm and even more pleasing that we are not just ahead of schedule but also on budget,"  Khobab project manager Kevin Foster said.

Khobab investors include Lekela power, a 60:40 joint venture between Mainstream Renewable Energy and Actis. Other investors in the project include Thebe Investment and a fund managed by Old Mutual Alternative Investments.

The turbines, which are 100m tall, should take up to three days each to erect, dependent on weather, the developers said.

Image: Khobab Wind Farm

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