Castle Wind farm components reach South Africa

Castle Wind farm components reach South Africa

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Goldwind turbines for the 89 MW Castle wind farm being developed by African Clean Energy Developments (ACED) have arrived in South Africa. The units have been recently unloaded at the Coega port in the Eastern Cape. 

Castle Wind Farm will supply wind energy to Sibanye-Stillwater through a long-term PPA and wheeling arrangement with Eskom Holdings SOC. The project is located near De Aar in the Northern Cape Province and is due to commence operations in the first half of 2025.

Sibanye-Stillwater’s head of Energy and Decarbonisation, Jevon Martin said, “Sibanye-Stillwater celebrates the momentous arrival of the first wind turbines for the Castle Wind Farm, a significant step in our journey towards carbon neutrality. This milestone reinforces our commitment to sustainable energy solutions and environmental stewardship.”

It is only one of three private wind farms in  South Africa to have reached financial close. This occurred in May 2023.

Castle Wind Farm will consist of 16 Goldwind 6 MW turbines, and ADENCO is responsible for the Electrical Balance of Plant, while CSV Construction is responsible for the Civil Balance of Plant.

ACED said it has facilitated the acquisition of the development from Juwi Group, conducted late-stage development and all procurement, and took the project to financial close. The company is currently providing construction management services, and its sister company, EIMS Africa, will provide asset management services after the Commercial Operation Date.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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