One of the first wind turbines to be installed as part of round one of the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) came on line last month at the Metrowind Van Stadens wind farm, near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.
The Sinovel SL3000 3 MW wind turbine was completed after two weeks of assembly. It required the largest crane ever used in South Africa, the Terex TC 2800, which has a lifting capacity of 800 t and is the only crane that can reach the height of the wind towers and carry the weight of the nacelles, hubs and blades.
“The assembly of the wind tower is not complicated, but it is a challenge to ensure that the logistics, planning, engineering and tim-ing come together,” says lead engineering, procurement and construction contractor Basil Read Matomo engineering manager for energy Evan Jones. Read on Engineering News >