Residents of Loeriesfontein and the surrounding towns of Niewoudtville and Calvinia will once again see wind turbine component sections en route from the Port of Ngqura near Port Elizabeth to the Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms. The wind farms commenced with the transportation of the various wind turbine components last year on 18 April and have made great progress, with approximately 500 loads successfully delivered to site, before breaking for the school holiday period.
The projects expect a further 750 loads to be delivered between January and September 2017. The 53 m long wind turbine blades, tower sections, nacelles and hubs travel on the N10 via Uitenhage, Graaff-Reinet, Beaufort West, Three Sisters and Carnarvon to Loeriesfontein.
“The blades, towers, hubs and nacelles are transported over a distance of around 1 158 km and this takes approximately three days, with vehicles travelling at a maximum speed of 50 km to 70 km per hour,” says Kevin Foster, project manager for the Khobab wind farm.
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