South Africa: Kangnas Wind Farm energises its main transformer

first_img“We are grateful to the 97-strong construction crew, which comprises both the wind farm and Groeipunt team, who diligently worked to energise the substation and hence complete this key construction milestone, bringing us one step closer to our full operations,” explained Manie Kotzé, Construction Project Manager of Kangnas Wind Farm. BRICS The 140MW Kangnas Wind Farm, on the outskirts of Springbok, celebrated the successful energisation of its main transformer this week. The demand for local manufacturers to provide components that were previously only available through import, has steadily increased.  This is in line with the Department of Energy’s local content requirements, which have progressively increased with each bid window. CONCO is responsible for the electrical component of the balance of plant works, including the engineering, procurement and construction, as well as the electrical works for Kangnas Wind Farm. Generation Finance and Policy Read more about:Distribution networksWind energy Kangnas Wind Farm, 46km outside of Springbok, in the Khoi Municipal area, commenced construction during June 2018. As with all the wind farms that were under construction at the time the country’s national COVID-19 lockdown commenced at the end of March 2020, construction at this Northern Cape wind farm, was halted and gradually picked up pace after 19May 2020. TAGSdistribution networksSouth Africawind energy Previous articleNuclear associations of South Africa demand construction new plantsNext articleGreen building practices can help construction industry bounce back Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Supplied image of the main transformer at Kangnas Wind Farm in South Africa. The 250MVA transformer is locally manufactured and arrived in the Northern Cape via road from Gauteng last week. Housed at the Groeipunt Transmission substation, the transformer receives generated power from the wind farm via a distribution network, where it is responsible to step the voltage up from 132kV to 220kV. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter “Our team is working tirelessly to try catch up as much of this lost time as possible and expect to start working towards grid connection in the next few weeks, which means that we can begin grid code compliance testing relatively soon,” added Kotzé.  Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img

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