Wesley–Ciskei Wind Power Station

The Wesley–Ciskei Wind Power Station is a 34.5 megawatts wind power energy project, under construction in South Africa. The power station is under development and is owned by EDF Renewables, a subsidiary of the French energy conglomerate Électricité de France (EDF). EDF won the concession for this project in June 2015, during the 4th round of the South African government's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement of South Africa (REIPPP).[1][2]

Wesley–Ciskei Wind Power Station
  • South Africa
LocationWesley, Amathole District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Coordinates33°18′09″S 27°22′14″E / 33.30250°S 27.37056°E / -33.30250; 27.37056
StatusUnder construction
Commission dateSeptember 2021 Expected
Owner(s)EDF Renewables
Wind farm
Power generation
Units operational10
Nameplate capacity34.5 MW

Location edit

The wind farm is located outside the settlement of Wesley, in Amathole District, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.[3] Wesley is located approximately 77 kilometres (48 mi) southwest of East London, where the district headquarters are located.[4] This is approximately 207 kilometres (129 mi) northeast of the city of Gqeberha.[5] The geographical coordinates of Wesley-Ciskei Wind Farm are 33°18'09.0"S, 27°22'14.0"E (Latitude:-33.302500; Longitude:27.370556).[6]

Overview edit

South Africa's Renewable Energy Supply Programme (REIPPP), is a public-procurement program of the South African government conceived in the 2000s and implemented in the 2010s and thereafter. It aims at attracting independent power producers (IPPs) to invest in renewable power generation in the country. As of April 2019, four rounds of bidding have resulted in the award of 102 power projects, with more expected in future. The target is 7,000 megawatts in renewable generation in the short term and 17,800 in the medium term.[7]

EDF won the bid to design, fund, build and operate this wind farm. The energy generated will be sold to Eskom, the South African electric utility company under a 20-year power purchase agreement. EDF assigned its subsidiary EDF Renewables RSA to carry out the development.[8] The farm comprises ten turbines of the Vestas V126-3.45 variety, capable of generating 3.45 megawatts each.[8]

Construction and timeline edit

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract was awarded to Vestas, the international manufacturer of wind turbines headquartered in Denmark, with manufacturing plants in nearly 20 countries. Vestas supplied the equipment, installed the equipment on site, installed the "VestasOnline Business SCADA" system, which allows remote monitoring and some adjustment of each individual turbine.[1][3][8]

Construction began in September 2019 and commercial commissioning in expected in September 2021.[1][3][8]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Marie Takouleu (30 July 2021). "South Africa: EDF connects Wesley-Ciskei wind farm (34.5 MW) to Eskom's grid". Afrik21.africa. Paris, France. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  2. ^ EDF Renewables South Africa (April 2018). "Wesley-Ciskei Wind Farm". EDF Renewables South Africa. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Jean Marie Takouleu (7 July 2019). "South Africa: Vestas to build Wesley-Ciskei wind farm for EDF". Afrik21.africa. Paris, France. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Road Distance Between Wesley, South Africa And East London, South Africa With Map". Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Road Distance Between Wesley, South Africa And Gqeberha, South Africa". Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  6. ^ Google (1 August 2021). "Location of Wesley-Ciskei Wind Farm, Eastern Cape, South Africa" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  7. ^ Ken Fullerton (2 April 2019). "South Africa's REIPPP". Sense & Sustainability. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  8. ^ a b c d Kenneth Mwenda (11 July 2019). "South Africa's Wesley-Ciskei wind power project set for construction". Construction Review Online. Nairobi, Kenya. Retrieved 1 August 2021.

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