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S. Africa: Kangnas Wind Farm gears for construction

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S.Africa: Kangnas Wind Farm gears for construction <www.esi-africa.com/s-africa-kangnas-wind-farm-gears-for-construction/?utm_source=Spintelligent+Publishing+mailer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ESI+Daily+Enews+13+September+2018&utm_term=https%3A%2F…> September 13, 2018 0 <www.esi-africa.com/s-africa-kangnas-wind-farm-gears-for-construction/#respond> <www.esi-africa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/iPiccy-Design-6.jpg>Kangnas Wind Farm is gearing up for construction and is forging ahead to begin building the turbine foundations. Source: Kangnas Wind Farm
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*In the North West region of South Africa, the 140MW Kangnas Wind Farm, one of the REIPPPP’s giant Bid Window 4 projects, is gearing up for construction, having already cleared 95% of its site roads, totalling over 52km’s.*
The sit terrain has a rocky underlay prevalent in over 80% of foundation hardstands. The construction team, led by Manie Kotzé, has already managed to clear thirty-three hardstands as well as excavating two turbine foundations.
“Clearing and grubbing is an essential part of all construction development, paving the way for us to begin excavating the turbine foundations,” explained Kotzé, Construction Project Manager for Kangnas Wind Farm.
Even though it’s still early days in the construction process, considering that financial closure was achieved just three months ago, the construction team has also commenced with controlled blasting, to a depth of 2,5metres, on five hardstands and is forging ahead to begin building the turbine foundations.
“We hope to have excavated twenty-one foundations by the end of September and then can justly say that construction is truly underway,” added Kotzé, who describes the technology behind generating wind power efficiently and effectively as fascinating.
Kangnas Wind Farm is situated in the Nama Khoi Municipal area, in the Northern Cape. This Province is home to more than half the country’s 112 independent power producers (IPP), with more than 19 projects already connected to the grid with a capacity of 900MW.