Work starts at two South African wind farms

The construction of two wind projects has started in South Africa. The Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farms, located in Northern Cape, are expected to have a total capacity of 280MW. The projects, […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The construction of two wind projects has started in South Africa.

The Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farms, located in Northern Cape, are expected to have a total capacity of 280MW.

The projects, scheduled to start operating by December 2017, will cost around €460 million (£335m).

Irish company Mainstream Renewable Power is developing the wind farms and engineering giant Siemens is the turbine supplier.

Sylvia Lucas, Premier of the Northern Cape said: “We are well on our way to becoming a net producer of renewable energy to the rest of the country by 2020. Renewable energy is expected to unlock existing potential and to position the province to attract both local and foreign investment and create much needed jobs.”

The projects are owned by Lekela Power, an African renewable energy platform that aims to provide 1,000MW of wind and solar power by 2018, according to Mainstream.