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Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm Inauguration

by Editor on 09 July 2014
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Jeffreys Bay, 9 July: Driving along the N2 in the Eastern Cape it is impossible to miss Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm’s
magnificent wind turbines standing proud as part of the country’s largest operational wind farm. Wednesday, 9
July 2014 saw the inauguration of this project, marking the completion of a six year journey through
development, financing, construction and finally into operations.

The 138MW power plant is a product of the
South African Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme and
will supply enough clean renewable electrical energy to meet the needs of over 100 000 average South
African households.
“In a country struggling to meet its escalating demands for electricity we are proud to be contributing
around 460 000 megawatt hours (MWh) per year of electrical energy to the national grid,” said Mark
Pickering, General Manager of the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm. He continued saying, “It’s remarkable to consider
that by the end of this year the country will have more than 400 turbines reaching into the sky, all helping to
reduce the use of fossil fuels and precious water in meeting the country’s energy requirements.”

Over the next 20 years, the local communities living within a 50km radius of the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm will
benefit from a range of socio-economic development programmes. These programmes will focus on early
childhood development, as part of a crèche support programme; numeracy and literacy interventions at
primary school level; mathematics and science programmes at secondary schooling level; and scholarships
for engineering-related studies at tertiary level. The company will also establish an enterprise development
programme that will initially focus on supporting emerging black farmers in the area.

The Amandla Omoya Community Trust, which owns 6% of the project, will run further developmental
programmes to benefit the local community. “It is vital that renewable power brings positive benefits to
local communities” added Pickering.
Pickering continued saying, “Wind farms across the country, both operational or currently under
construction, will invest over R5 billion of their revenue into socio-economic and enterprise development
initiatives over the next two decades. They will also create substantial employment opportunities, training
and skills transfers. All of which are essential for the future of both the industry and the country”.
“Our Project has received resounding support from the Kouga Municipality and the surrounding
communities. For this we are most grateful and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial
relationship,” concluded Pickering.

JEFFREYS BAY WIND FARM MILESTONES:  Construction Commenced: December 2012  Transportation of the first Turbine Component: 22 July 2013  First Turbine Erected: 26 September 2013  All 60 Turbines Erected: 27 February 2013  Supply Power to Eskom Grid: 20 December 2013  1 Million Man Hours Worked without Lost-Time-Incident: 27 December 2014  1,265,065 Man Hours Worked without Lost-Time-Incident: 31 April 2014  Total Jobs Created: At the peak of construction, there were 602 people working on site, 45% of which
were from the local communities in the Kouga Municipality.  Transportation programme completed: 19 February 2014 – having covered over 110 000km  Fully Commissioned: April 2014  Commercial Operations Date: 15 May 2014
Further information, www.jeffreysbaywind.co.za, www.facebook.com/jbaywindfarm or call 0860 333 384.

Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm– Boiler Plate
Jeffreys Bay Power (RF) (Pty) Ltd is majority owned by Globeleq, the emerging markets power company, and its consortium partners; Old Mutual, Thebe Investment Corporation, Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa, Amandla Omoya Trust, Enzani Molene Holdings and Usizo Engineering. The project company is managed by Globeleq.

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