Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farms to start supplying power to 240,000 South African homes
Two wind farms located in the Northern Cape of South Africa have commenced operations to supply power to 240,000 homes, with a combined capacity of 280MW.
The Loeriesfontien Wind Farm and the Kobab Wind Farm have been completed on schedule and on budget.
The farms are planned to run for 20 years, and together make the highest volume of renewable energy utility power plants in the country.
The two neighbouring wind farms comprise of 122 turbines that span across 6,653 hectares, being the largest single expanse of turbines in the country.
“Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is a priority programme for the Province and proves to be a game changer,” reported Sylvia Lucas, Premier of the Northern Cape.
“This is a sector that can assist Government to radically transform the economy. To date, over 60% of South Africa’s Independent Power Producers have been allocated to the Northern Cape.”
“We also take pride in the fact, that as a Province we not only play host to solar farms but currently we are home to the second highest number of wind farms in the Country.”
Ms Lucas commented that with all of the renewable projects in the Province, the area and the country attract local and foreign investment.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.