The project between the towns of Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp in the Kouga municipality of Eastern Cape features 2.3MW machines with tip heights of 132 metres.
“We didn’t expect to complete the turbine erections this week, but the weather played along beautifully,” said Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm general manager Mark Pickering.
Some 90 staff have been working to erect the turbines since August last year.
“The crew’s focus and commitment never wavered andfor this we are truly grateful,” added Pickering. “During this period, crew members took the opportunity to gain experience and benefit from skills transfer, which they will take with them to other wind farm projects.”
Jeffreys Bay covers 3700 hectares and is one of the first wind farms being developed under the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.
Image: the final turbine goes up at the site (Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm)