Project Fact Sheet
Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm
- This project is one of the first and largest wind farms in South Africa.
- It is part of the South African Government’s REIPPP.
- The wind farm site spans 3 700 hectares on which there are 60 wind turbines erected.
- The project supplies the Eskom 132kV grid line and generates 460 000 MWh per year, supplying enough clean renewable electrical energy to power more than 100 000 average South African households.
- Construction started in December 2012 and reached Commercial Operations Date mid-2014.
- Project included transportation of 22 500 tons of turbine components, construction of 48km of roads, laying of 200km of cables and 26 800m3 of concrete for the 60 turbine bases and the erection of 60 wind turbines, each standing 80m tall.
- A South African consortium between Murray & Roberts Construction and Consolidated Power Projects is doing the civil and electrical works.
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- Each wind turbine stands 80m tall with blades of 49m long and a rotor diametre of 101 metres.
- The average rotation of the blades is between 6 and 16 rpm, with each turbine generating 2.3 MW of energy.
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Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, transported its final load from the Port of Ngqura to its site on 19 February 2014. The Project began transportation of these gigantic turbine components on 22 July 2013, completing distances of over 110 000 km in total. “This has been a huge undertaking and we would like to thank the public for their patience and support over the last seven months,” said Mark Pickering, General Manager of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.
- The wind turbines were transported from the Port of Ngqura, 70 kilometres along the N2 to the wind farm site near Humansdorp.
- Certain components travelled through Motherwell, along the R334, past Despatch and Uitenhage joining the N2 at the Blue Horizon Bay Exit.
- The vehicles/trailers transporting the wind turbines are approximately 60m long.
- There were 480 loads between July 2013 and January 2014.