Arrival of the First Blades for Cookhouse Wind Farm

Energy Blog | 30 May 2013

The first consignment of 16 turbines from Suzlon’s plant in India, destined for Cookhouse Wind Farm, began to arrive at the deepwater port of Ngqura near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape early last month. Presently, Ngqura is the only port suitable for receiving wind turbine blades which, in the case of Cookhouse, are 44 meters in length. Other components, including tower sections, gears and generators will arrive during the coming months as the construction on the wind farm site progresses. Major works have already begun with some of the wind turbine foundations having been excavated.

The Cookhouse Wind Farm, developed under the First Round of the REIPPPP, the South African government’s flagship uitility scale renewable energy programme, is located between Cookhouse and Bedford in the Eastern Cape. Construction on the first phase commenced in early February this year, and the wind farm, consisting of 66 Suzlon 2.1 MW turbines with an installed capacity of 138.6 MW, is expected to be synchronised with the Eskom grid by the second quarter of 2014.

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