Mainstream to receive locally manufactured wind turbine towers for projects totalling 360MW

20 October 2015 (Last Updated October 20th, 2015 18:30)

Mainstream Renewable Power will be taking delivery for 157 wind turbine towers which is expected to be installed at three windfarms in Northern Cape, South Africa, having a cumulative installed capacity of around 360MW.

Mainstream Renewable Power will be taking delivery for 157 wind turbine towers which is expected to be installed at three windfarms in Northern Cape, South Africa, having a cumulative installed capacity of around 360MW.

The equipment is being manufactured at GRI – Renewable Industries' production plant in Atlantis in Cape Town.

The manufacturing plant has the capacity to deliver around 150 turbine towers a year.

"Local content has a vital role to play in the long-term growth and sustainability of South Africa's hugely successful renewable energy programme."

The firm has started overseeing delivery of the first 35 towers for the 80MW Noupoort wind farm located in Umsobomvu local municipality.

The rest of the lot will be delivered to the Khobab and the Loeriesfontein 2 windfarms, which are both being developed in the Namakwa District Municipality and will have an installed capacity of 140MW each.

Mainstream Renewable Power Noupoort wind farm project manager Martina Flanagan said: "Local content has a vital role to play in the long-term growth and sustainability of South Africa's hugely successful renewable energy programme."

Mainstream Renewable Power is developing the renewable power plants for a consortium, including Lekela Power, Renewable Energy Trust, Thebe Investment Corporation,The IDEAS Managed Fund and Genesis Eco-Energy, which owns the projects along with Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital.

Mainstream has recently secured environmental approval for the 182MW Aurora wind project on Chile.

Once commissioned, the Chilean power-generating plant will be able to deliver clean energy for around 280,000 homes.