First wind turbines arrive at Coega IDZ's new R9 million laydown area

MAY 6, 2015

The first wind turbines arrived at the Coega IDZ, Zone 1’s newly established R9-million laydown areaon Wednesday. The wind turbines are being transported to the laydown area by ALE Heavylift SA trucks and cranes.

The 12 hectare abnormal cargo facility is located on the boundary between the Port of Ngqura and the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) and will be used as a temporary storage site for wind turbines.

A R1.2-million deal was signed between the CDC and ALE Heavylift South Africa, a heavy transport and lifting services company, for the storage of abnormal cargo is the first project tenant occupying the laydown area in the Coega IDZ.

“From this month (April) until November this year, nine vessels will offload 56 wind turbines at the Port of Ngqura and the Coega IDZ for the Amakhala Project located near Bedford in the Eastern Cape,” said Linda Sityoshwana, CDC’s trade solutions project manager, at the signing.

“The first vessel docked at the Port of Ngqura on Wednesday, April 22 and the wind turbine components have already been stored at the lay-down area as from Thursday, April 23.

“ALE Heavylift South Africa will occupy two-hectares of land and will have an option to expand the land area with an additional 1.4 hectares at the peak of the project,” she said.

According Sityoshwana, skilled and unskilled labour will be sourced from the Eastern Cape and around 45 jobs will be created.

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