Financial Mail : 2020-07-09

SPECIAL REPORT INFRASTRUC­TURE : 54 : 54

SPECIAL REPORT INFRASTRUC­TURE

special report infrastruc­ture istock x Floating wind farms may add to energy mix Renewables offer stable, inflation-linked yield Investigat­ions are under way to assess the feasibilit­y of floating offshore wind turbines off SA’S steep coast, which offers large areas with strong and consistent winds. Floating wind farms have a minimal sub-sea environmen­tal impact and don’t require any noise mitigation measures. Offshore wind may therefore soon be recognised as part of the energy mix pending the outcome of a feasibilit­y study, says SA Wind Energy Associatio­n CEO Ntombifuth­i Ntuli. “Though not a new technologi­cal developmen­t at global level, if the feasibilit­y is positive, this will definitely be uncharted waters for SA,” she says. “Existing and future SA industries will be fully capable of providing a high percentage of local content.” x x . 54 financialm­ail.co.za July 9 - July 15, 2020

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