Global wind and solar company, Mainstream Renewable Power, today started overseeing the transportation of wind turbine tower sections from their manufacturing facility near Cape Town to the Noupoort Wind Farm site in South Africa’s Northern Cape. Mainstream is currently building three wind farms in the country’s Northern Cape which have a combined capacity of 360 megawatts. All 157 wind turbine towers for the three wind farms are being manufactured by GRI – Renewable Industries at its local manufacturing facility located in Atlantis.
The R300 million facility currently employs 240 people and will increase this figure to 270 during 2016. It is capable of producing 150 turbine towers a year; the first 35 of which are for the 80MW Noupoort wind farm which is being built by Mainstream. The 35 towers are being transported in 140 sections along the 1,000km route which takes four days to complete.
“We are delighted to be receiving the first of these locally manufactured wind turbine towers at Noupoort Wind Farm. Local content has a vital role to play in the long-term growth and sustainability of South Africa’s hugely successful renewable energy programme,” explained Martina Flanagan, Project Manager for Noupoort Wind Farm.
The three wind farms comprise the 140MW Khobab wind farm and the 140MW Loeriesfontein 2 wind farm, both located in the Namakwa District Municipality, as well as the 80MW Noupoort wind farm located in Umsobomvu Local Municipality.
Janek Winand, the head of Wind Power and Renewables at Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa says: “Adding local value by supporting development is indeed a key priority for Siemens. In the pursuit of this we have managed to be part of the local manufacturing of key components for the wind farm industry through building a new tower factory in Atlantis. Creating sustainable work opportunities and development within the community.”
The Noupoort, Kohbab and Loeriesfontein 2 wind farms are owned by a consortium dedicated to providing clean, renewable energy to the people of South Africa:
- Lekela Power: Lekela Power is a pan-African renewable energy platform which aims to provide 1,000MW of wind and solar power by 2018. It is a 60:40 joint venture between Actis, the global pan-emerging market private equity firm, and Mainstream Renewable Power, the global wind and solar company.
- Renewable Energy Trust: Established by the project company with the objective of carrying out public benefit activities to benefit the local community in the areas of enterprise development, education and health.
- Thebe Investment Corporation; one of South Africa’s most established broad based BEE Investment management companies and leading investor in the Energy & Resources sector (advised by Bridge Capital).
- The IDEAS Managed Fund, is managed by Old Mutual Alternative Investments, a subsidiary of Old Mutual Investment Group one of Africa’s largest independent investment managers.
- Futuregrowth Asset Management, a pathfinder in fixed interest and developmental investing.
- Genesis Eco-Energy in partnership with Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital. Genesis Eco Energy is a pioneering South African renewable energy developer which has been active in South Africa since 2001. Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital is a resource efficiency private equity fund that has garnered additional support of two of its investors DEG (The German Development Bank) and FMO (The Dutch Development Bank) in the investment across the Mainstream portfolio.