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Wind farms to boost economy

11 March 2014
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Two of the largest wind farms in the Eastern Cape are steaming ahead towards completion and ploughing in millions of rands to boost the region’s coffers.

The Cookhouse and Jeffreys Bay wind farms form a part of the first round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and are nearing completion to supply green electricity to the grid.

Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm project manager Leo Quinn said the last of the 60 turbines had been erected and the wind farm was in full-scale commissioning phase in order to provide 138MW of electricity to the grid.

“We are already supplying the grid with 78MW of electricity from the commissioned turbines. It takes between five and six days to commission a turbine, which includes drying out equipment, testing the pitch of the blade and other pilot runs. We are at this stage commissioning about two turbines a day,” Quinn said.

Employees who worked at the Jeffreys Bay site could be involved in other projects in the province with the second and third rounds of the REIPPPP – some of which would start later this year – with the skills they had gained. – The Herald