Enel Green Power commences Nxuba Wind Farm energy generation in South Africa
30-10-2020 09:25:11 | by: Pie Kamau | hits: 2883 | Tags:

With the commissioning of its final wind turbine at 140 MW Nxuba Wind Farm in the Eastern Cape, Enel Green Power (EGP) has commenced with the generation and delivery of energy.

The Nxuba Wind Farm is one of five projects awarded to EGP South Africa in the fourth round of the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and, once the commissioning of all the wind turbines is complete, will enable the full production of 460 GWh  per year to the grid.

William Price, Head of EGP, South Africa said: “Nxuba Wind Farm is yet another example of EGP’s commitment to renewables and sustainability in South Africa and globally. We are particularly excited about unlocking the potential of the abundant renewable energy sources in South Africa, as well as supporting the local economy.”

Price explained that the pre-assembly stage involves the installation of as many as 17 concrete tower keystones (portion of sections). This is followed by the main erection of the structure that includes the installation of the 5 preassembled tower sections and other related operations (horizontal joints and tensioning cables) which can take up to 2 weeks to complete in optimal weather conditions.

The completion of the project amounted to 2 Million of man-hours with zero incidents, and involved a significant skills transfer element. Enel Green Power enlisted the services of individuals and small to medium enterprises from the Blue Crane Route and Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipalities, which comprise Adelaide, Cookhouse, Somerset East and Bedford, to help construct the plant.