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35

turbines installed and connected to the grid

152m

height of wind turbines

mid 2016

Construction Completed

69 000

homes to be powered
Wind Turbine Facts
FAQs

Construction process

Road Construction

Road Construction

To facilitate the delivery of the turbines, access roads were constructed to each turbine location. In total 33,9 kilometres of road was constructed.

Foundation construction

Foundation construction

Each wind turbine foundation is 19m in diameter and made of concrete and steel and placed below ground level. Each base used over 60 truck loads of concrete.

Cabling

Cabling

The cables that bring the power from each wind turbine to the substation are buried underground.

Substation construction

Substation construction

All the cables meet at the substation where the electricity is transmitted onto transmission line.

Wind turbine delivery

Wind turbine delivery

The wind turbine towers for Noupoort Wind Farm travelled along the N1 from Atlantis near Cape Town, where they were manufactured, to the site.

The blades and nacelles came from overseas through the Port of Saldanha Bay and were then transported by road via the N7.

Wind turbine parts laid down

Wind turbine parts laid down

On delivery, the turbine parts were laid down alongside the respective foundations ready for lifting by crane.

Wind turbine lifting

Wind turbine lifting

It takes two cranes working together to build each turbine.

Completion

Completion

Once the turbine was built it was commissioned and tested and then put into operation.

Operation

Operation

Construction is now complete and the project will operate for 20 years.

35

turbines installed and connected to the grid

152m

height of wind turbines

mid 2016

Construction Completed

69 000

homes to be powered
Wind Turbine Facts
FAQs