Loeriesfontein wind farms successfully complete turbine transportation
Khobab wind farm and Loeriesfontein wind farm have announced the successful completion of the transportation of all their turbine components. The final load from the Port of Ngqura left to site on 23 August arriving at Khobab wind farm 25 August 2017, marking the conclusion of over 1,000 abnormal loads. The first wind turbine component departed en route to Loeriesfontein, from Atlantis, over a year ago. “This massive logistical undertaking saw 1,098 loads travel to site over a sixteen month period. It is by far the most expansive transportation programme that the industry has seen to date. The operation covered over 2.5 million kilometres and moved an astounding 42,000 tonnes of wind turbine components,” said Kevin Foster, Country Construction Manager for Mainstream Renewable Power. Loeriesfontein will soon become home to one of the largest expanse of wind turbines on the African continent. Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farms, which together span 6,653 hectares, will produce an impressive combined output of 280MW of energy generated by their 122 wind turbines. This is equivalent to 240 000 average households being powered each year, providing a massive boost to energy provision in the country. “This has been a huge undertaking and we would like to thank the public for their patience and support,” added Foster. The team working on the programme amounts to a very large group of dedicated individuals, from both the turbine supplier Siemens and the transport contractors DHL and ALE. Drivers, escorts, riggers, supervisors, fitters, auto electricians, engineers, crane drivers, flagmen and of course a health and safety officer are amongst the employees that make up this 90 strong team.