Lekela Power has begun commercial operations at Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms, with a generation capacity of 140MW each, in South Africa.

Located in the Northern Cape of South Africa, the wind farms consists of a total of 122 wind turbine generators, spanning 6 653 hectares.

The two wind farms are expected to power nearly 240 000 South African households.

Lekela chief executive officer Chis Antonopoulos said: “This is a key milestone for Lekela and its partners.

“We are pleased to have added over a million megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy each year to the country’s national grid; avoiding an estimated twenty-two million tonnes of carbon emissions over the lifespan of the projects, when compared to traditional fossil fuel power plants.”

The two wind farms, owned by a consortium led by Lekela Power, were developed by Mainstream Renewable Power, which is also responsible for the operations and maintenance of the plants.

Besides, the two wind farms achieved over 2 million man hours of construction activity.

While construction of the wind turbine generator foundations for Loeriesfontein wind farm started on 1 September 2015, Khobab wind farm saw the start of foundations work in February 2016.

Mainstream Renewable Power country construction manager Kevin Foster said: “Considering the sheer scale of these power projects, the multiple level of activities and the complexities involved in building these very large wind farms, it is an impressive achievement for our construction team,”

Currently, Lekela’s portfolio includes over 1,300MW across projects in Egypt, Ghana, South Africa and Senegal.

Image: The two wind farms are owned by a consortium led by Lekela Power. Photo: Courtesy of Steve Ralston/FreeImages.com.