Mammoet to support construction of three wind farms in South Africa

Mammoet to support construction of three wind farms in South Africa

Mammoet South Africa, a unit of global heavy lifting and transport service provider Mammoet, has announced its support for the construction of three wind farm projects across South Africa, namely the Copperton, Garob, and Roggeveld wind farms.  

As per its devised plan, Mammoet will be focusing on port handling and transportation of components for nearly 127 wind turbines. The components required to build the wind turbines like hubs, blades, and nacelles that weighed up to 105t and with a length of nearly 63m have been delivered to the port of Coega and Saldanha and will be moved to temporary laydown regions nearby.

These components are needed to be handled safely in order to prepare for on-time transportation to the wind farms. Cautious handling of the parts along with complete planning of the laydown space will be pivotal to ensure proper execution.

Currently, the Roggeveld Wind Farm is a 147MW facility being built by Building Energy. The project is located nearly 20km north of Matjiesfontein on the boundary between the Northern and Western Cape. Apparently, the unit will consist of 47 Acciona AW125/3150 and AW125/3000 turbines that generate nearly 613 GWh of clean energy annually.  

On the other hand, Copperton and Garob wind projects are based in Copperton within South Africa’s Northern Cape province.   

The Garob Wind Farm features 46 Acciona AW125/3150 wind turbines that is operated by Enel Green Power and is slated to supply 140MW to the national grid. While the Copperton Wind Farm is  developed by Elawan- an independent power producer, and will have 34 Acciona AW125/3150 wind turbines that can supply nearly 102MW to the nation.  

In essence, the wind farms are projected to jointly generate more than 1000 GWh of green electricity for South Africa, considerably reducing the region’s dependence on fossil fuels.

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