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500 MVA power transformer arrives to wind park

South Africa: The mega transformer for the 110 MW Perdekraal Wind Farm in South Africa has arrived at the project site in Western Cape, developer Mainstream Renewable Power announced on 25 June.

The 500 MVA transformer was produced locally, as were the park’s 48 turbine towers, making local content account for over 48 % of the project value. This delivery marks the restart of operations after the COVID-19 lockdown.

Expected to become operational later this year, Perdekraal will be able to generate 368,800 GWh annually, enough to meet the electrical demand of 111,118 homes while avoiding around 410,000 t of carbon emissions. Mainstream will operate it for its joint venture in Africa, Lekela Power.

According to the press update, the equipment has been transported from the administrative capital of Pretoria to the specific site in Witzenbe municipality. The transformer will step up the voltage to 400 kV, making it suitable for connection to the South African grid.

Source: Renewables Now