Albany Wind Energy Facility - Grahamstown

The proposed Albany WEF will consist of up to 66 turbines each capable of generating approximately 4.5 Mega Watts (MW) of power. The current layout allows for a maximum generating output of up to 297 MW, however, the final design will be reduced based on the outcome of the specialist studies undertaken during the EIA process. The turbine footprints and associated facility infrastructure (internal access roads, substations, construction compound, batching plant and operations building) will cover an area of approximately 55.39 ha depending on final layout design should the project proceed to the construction phase.


In summary the Albany WEF includes:

  • Up to 66 Turbines with a generation capacity of up to 4.5 MW resulting in a nominal power output of up to 297 MW;
  • Turbines with a rotor diameter of up to 150 m, a hub height of up to 150 m and blade length of up to 75 m;
  • Internal access roads of between 8 m (during operation) and 14 m (during construction, to be part rehabilitated) wide to each turbine;
  • Existing roads will be used as far as possible. However, where required, internal access roads will be constructed between the turbines;
  • Three (3) Connecting Substations (switching stations):
  • Two Switching stations to connect the WEF to the powerline (powerline to be assessed in separate application); and
  • WEF IPP 132/33 kV Substation.
  • Foundations with an area of up to 550 m2 for each turbine;
  • A primary laydown area of approximately 3 900 m2 adjacent to each turbine;
  • Temporary infrastructure including a site camp and a laydown area of approximately 30 m2 per turbine (all to be rehabilitated post construction);
  • A 25 m2 area for switchgear and/or transformer at each turbine;
  • Medium voltage cabling between turbines and the switching stations, to be laid underground where technically feasible;
  • Substation, battery storage and site office area of approximately 10.0 ha; and
  • Batching plant, temporary laydown area and construction compound area of approximately 9.0 ha.




Published:     20 June 2018

Review period:     The DRAFT Scoping Report is expected to be available on this page by the 30th June 2018. The final dates will be communicated to all I&APs who will be afforded a 30 day review period.


Background Information Document (BID) V1 Albany WEF Layout Map V1 ...back to public documents



Contact person:    Caroline Evans

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Contact number:  046 622 2364

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