Lekela delivers S Africa double
Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms come online in the Northern Cape
Lekela Power has started commercial operations at the 140MW Loeriesfontein and 140MW Khobab wind farms in South Africa.
Both projects, which are located in the Northern Cape region, consist of 61 2.3MW Siemens Gamesa turbines and were completed on schedule and on budget.
Lekela Power is a joint venture between Actis and Mainstream Renewable Power.
Mainstream developed, managed construction and will oversee the operations and maintenance of the plants.
The majority of the 99-metre towers were manufactured locally at the Gestamp wind turbine tower factory.
Civil and electrical works were completed by a consortium comprised of Murray and Roberts Construction and Consolidated Power Projects.
Other shareholders in the wind farms include Thebe Investment Corp, The Ideas Managed Fund, Futuregrowth Asset Management, Genesis Eco-Energy in partnership with Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital, Khobab Community Trusts and Loeriesfontein Community Trusts.
Lekela chief executive Chis Antonopoulos said: “This is a key milestone for Lekela and its partners.
“We are pleased to have added over a million megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy each year to the country’s national grid; avoiding an estimated 22 million tonnes of carbon emissions over the lifespan of the projects, when compared to traditional fossil fuel power plants.”
Image: Loeriesfontein wind farm (Lekela Power)