The Klipheuwel-Dassiefontein Wind Energy Facility is located approximately 5 km west of the town of Caledon in the Western Cape Province of the Republic of South Africa. The Project, located on an area of approximately 350 hectares, has a nameplate capacity of 27MW, a maximum connection point capacity of 30MW, and will be comprised of 9 wind turbine generators (WTG) manufactured by Sinovel, a Chinese manufacturer, who has manufactured more than 5 600MW of WTGs in operation and is currently the 2nd largest turbine manufacturer in the world and holds a global market share of 11.1%.
The Facility was constructed by a consortium consisting of Sinovel Wind Group Co. Ltd (Sinovel) a Chinese wind turbine technology supplier, Iberdrola Ingeniería Y Construccion S.A. (Iberdrola) a Spanish company and Group Five Construction (Pty) Ltd (Group Five) a South African construction company, on a fixed price, full turnkey basis (jointly the “Consortium”). The construction of the Facility lasted 12 months and reached commercial operations during Q2, 2014.
As with all of BioTherm’s South African projects, 40% of the project is owned by local shareholders which comprise of national broad based trusts, the local community trust, the employees of BioTherm, a consortium of black shareholders as well as the junior developer of the project. As a result, there is a significantly large base of beneficiaries, which is in line with the BioTherm corporate approach to developing projects. The remaining 60% is owned by BioTherm Energy, through its Dutch parent company, BTSA Netherlands Cooperatie U.A.
The Facility is jointly being operated and maintained by the Consortium and BioTherm Operations and Maintenance (Pty) Ltd, a South African subsidiary of BioTherm Energy.