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Lekela’s Western Cape Wind Farm on Target for Operations by End-July 2020

Power News - Published on Thu, 13 Feb 2020

Image Source: Lekela Perdekraal East Wind Farm
2020 promises to be an exciting year for Lekela’s Perdekraal East Wind Farm, South Africa, as it heads into its final six months of construction. The last of the 480 wind turbine components will reach the wind farm’s construction site early February 2020 and all 48 turbines are expected to be installed by early April 2020. A new 500MVA main power transformer will be installed during April 2020, with plans to energise the plant by 26 April. “Our construction team chose to construct, test and commission the works under a self-build agreement, based on the need for a compressed construction schedule and full control of all contractors, in order to minimise the timeframes and ensure that the project can achieve commercial operations on schedule,” added Hobson.

Perdekraal East Wind Farm commenced construction during July 2018. 16 months later the wind farm is reported to be on time and on budget, having lifted almost 40 % of the 48 turbines and installed the main power transformer at the Distribution Substation.

Additionally, all civil works have been completed and over 80% of turbine components have been delivered to site outside of Ceres, travelling from Atlantis and Saldahna on the West Coast.

Construction halted on 13 December 2019 and will commence again this month for the final construction stretch. Once complete, Perdekraal East Wind Farm, situated within the Witzenberg Local Municipality, will be the Western Cape’s largest BW4 wind farm, and become Lekela’s fourth operating wind farm in South Africa.

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Posted By : Arun Huidrom on Thu, 13 Feb 2020
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