Wind farm adds power to the grid

December 4th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize


Cookhouse wind farmCookhouse Wind Farm, recently completed all required performance tests and grid compliance to reach commercial operations, making it the first project in round 1 of the REIPPP programme to connect to the transmission network.  Located near the town of Cookhouse in the Eastern Cape, the farm has 66, 80 m tall turbines, with a generation capacity of 138,6 MW. Jannie Retief, the CEO of Cookhouse Wind Farm, says the project is expected to deliver approximately 370 000 MWh per year into the grid. To produce the same amount of electricity, an average coal-fired power station would emit approximately 384 000 tons of CO2 every year. The project reached financial close in December 2012, and construction began in February 2014 by Suzlon Energy under an EPC contract. Technicians will carry out ongoing operation and maintenance works, and train 15 technical staff recruited from the Eastern Cape who will take over the site’s operations and management. The project was funded by an investment consortium consisting of Old Mutual, AFPOC, African Infrastructure Investment Fund 2 (AIIF2), Apollo Investment Partnership II and the Cookhouse Community Trust.

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