Electrawinds to construct wind farm in South Africa
17 September 2009
Belgian company Electrawinds has just announced the construction of a high production wind farm near Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
Commissioned by the Government, the farm will consist of 25 wind generators measuring 150 metres in height, each producing 2.3 MW. About 100,000 households should benefit from this clean source of energy.
The first turbine will go into service in May 2010, and the remainder will be set up in a steady progression until mid-2011.
“The Coega project will be the first on this scale on the African continent”, Jan Dewulf, commercial director of Electrawinds, told a press conference on 15 September 2009.
Another large wind farm is scheduled to outstrip this project in 2012 in Kenya, however, near Lake Turkana. This will produce 300 MW and consist of 365 generators, for a total cost of 870 million Dollars, partially financed by the African Development Bank.<br/>