Kangnas Wind Farm celebrates lifting the first of their 61 wind turbines and the completion of its final turbine foundation.
The lifting exercise is rather complicated and requires great skill and is a really impressive manoeuvre, says Cebo Ngcai, assistant construction project manager for Kangnas Wind Farm.
The wind turbines stand 115m tall to allow for optimum energy production, however, when one of the blades stand vertically, the turbine’s tip height is an impressive 168m high. The three 53,2m blades, made from fibreglass reinforced epoxy, are connected to the rotor at ground level before being lifted to the top of the turbine tower. The heaviest component is the nacelle, which contains the generator and gearbox; and weighs 86 tonnes.
“We are extremely pleased to be on schedule and on budget,” concluded Ngcai.
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