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Kangnas Wind Farm energises main transformer

Sep 29, 2020
Misc
Posted by Patrick Haddad

The 140MW Kangnas Wind Farm, on the outskirts of Springbok, South Africa, has successfully energised its main transformer.

Housed at the Groeipunt Transmission substation, the locally manufactured 250 MVA transformer receives generated power from the wind farm via a distribution network, where it is responsible to step the voltage up from 132kV to 220kV.

“We are grateful to the 97-strong construction crew, which comprises both the wind farm and Groeipunt team, who diligently worked to energise the substation and hence complete this key construction milestone, bringing us one step closer to our full operations,” said Manie Kotzé, construction project manager of Kangnas Wind Farm.

Kangnas Wind Farm, 46km outside of Springbok, in the Khoi Municipal area, commenced construction during June 2018. As with all the wind farms that were under construction at the time the country’s national Covid-19 lockdown commenced at the end of March 2020, construction at this Northern Cape wind farm, was halted and gradually picked up pace after 19 May 2020.

“Our team is working tirelessly to try catch up as much of this lost time as possible and expect to start working towards grid connection in the next few weeks, which means that we can begin grid code compliance testing relatively soon,” added Kotzé.

Conco is responsible for the electrical component of the balance of plant works, including the engineering, procurement and construction, as well as the electrical works for Kangnas Wind Farm.

Source: Biz Community

Photo (for illustrative purposes): Wind Farm / skeeze / Pixabay / Free for commercial use

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