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Waainek wind farm nears completion

- STAFF REPORTER

The constructi­on of the Waainek wind farm is nearing its completion, according to Innowind’s site project manager Sebastiaan Brokken.

All eight wind turbines were installed by the end of June 2015 and started feeding green energy into the Makana municipal grid at the end of August, Brokken said.

“All turbines were success- fully commission­ed by Vestas, the Danish turbine manufactur­er and main contractor to the project.

“The wind farm is currently undergoing various tests to ensure its compliance with applicable standards,” Brokken said.

Brokken said the Grahamstow­n municipal substation (located in the Highlands industrial area) was upgraded by the municipali­ty in time to enable the facility to connect to the municipal grid.

Further basic upgrades on the Makana network were scheduled to take place at the beginning of next year, he said.

“Full commercial operations of the wind farm are expected by early January 2016.”

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 ?? Photo: Sue Maclennan ?? Blades lie ready to be mounted at the Waainek wind farm in this May file photo. The turbines are expected to be fully operation by early January 2016, according to Innowind project manager Sebastiaan Brokken.
Photo: Sue Maclennan Blades lie ready to be mounted at the Waainek wind farm in this May file photo. The turbines are expected to be fully operation by early January 2016, according to Innowind project manager Sebastiaan Brokken.

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