Kangnas Wind Farm connection works
Designing one of the first outsourced renewable energy transmission grid connection projects in South Africa
Zutari was appointed as the grid connection design engineer (as an Eskom-approved design and implementation consultant) by the lead electrical contractor for the completion of the detailed designs for the 140 MW Kangnas wind energy facility (WEF) located 52 km from Springbok.
The South African Department of Energy selected the site during the fourth round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) as the preferred bidder to enhance South Africa’s ever-growing renewable generation portfolio.
Design services include the design of power line turn-ins, the design of the transmission substation, and providing technical assistance to the electrical contractor for the Eskom distribution and the transmission portion of works during construction.
The project entailed the complete design and implementation solution for the Kangnas 132 kV switching station, the 14 km 132 kV interconnecting overhead power line between the Kangnas and Groeipunt transmission substations, the 132/220 kV Groeipunt main transmission substation, and the 220 kV overhead transmission line connection to the Eskom grid. Additional scope included the design of a 64 km all-dielectric self-supporting (ADSS) fibre connection as well as the implementation and upgrading of telecommunication towers associated with the project.
Zutari continues to work closely with the client to resolve ongoing technical challenges during the implementation of the project
This project will also offset tonnes of carbon emissions every year
Zutari was involved with the insulation coordination studies, earth grid studies for safe operational environment within the substations and along the power line, and the detailed design for protection and control in the transmission and distribution substations, with newly developed protection protocols for Eskom Transmission.
Zutari continues to work closely with the client to resolve ongoing technical challenges during the implementation of the project and liaises with Eskom, suppliers, and sub-contractors in order to ensure the correct technical implementation of the approved design.
This project is not only contributing to the South African electricity generation capacity, but also to the local and close-by towns for skills development and the supply of more than 100 000 households in South Africa. This project will also offset tonnes of carbon emissions every year once commissioned.Zutari continues to work closely with the client to resolve ongoing technical challenges during the implementation of the project
*The Aurecon Africa business has been officially renamed Zutari as at 21 July 2020. Zutari acquired Aurecon Middle East on 20 November 2020.