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Mott MacDonald appointed owner’s engineer for 67MW South African wind farm

Mott MacDonald has been appointed as owner’s engineer for the 67MW Hopefield Wind Farm in South Africa’s Western Cape province.

Developer Umoya Energy has appointed the consultant to deliver owner’s engineering services during construction of the wind farm, which was successfully bid in Round 1 of the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer’s (REIPP) procurement programme.

Hopefield will be one of the first wind farms constructed in South Africa under this programme, and will consist of 37 1.8MW turbines, located within the Saldanha Bay municipality on 2,200ha of farm land.

Mott MacDonald South Africa power business manager Jason Rowan said: “It’s exciting to be part of South Africa’s burgeoning renewables industry. Hopefield will be one of the first wind farms to be built under the REIPP programme, which has stimulated market investment here in exactly the way it was intended.”

Umoya Energy chief executive Richard Gordon said his company was looking forward to “an ongoing mutually beneficial relationship with Mott MacDonald”.

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