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It’s Official – We built the biggest Wind Farm in South Africa

February 4, 2020
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Its official, Adenco Construction built the biggest – the Longyuan Mulilo De Aar 2 (North) Wind Farm and also the 5th biggest wind farm- the Gouda Wind Project– in all of South Africa. So, 2 out of the 7 biggest wind farms were built by Team Adenco according media publication Business Insider SA.

Both De Aar 1 and 2 by the way are the first and to date the only wind farms with an overhead line collector network. Gouda is also the largest wind farm in the Western Cape.

“We are very proud of our work and happy with the achievement but more importantly very pleased that we have a satisfied client and have contributed to South Africa’s energy mix and generation capacity.” says Project Director Alec de Waal.


These are the biggest green energy projects in SA – all wind farms

Jay Caboz , Business Insider SA  Jan 13, 2020, 06:43 AM

Longyuan Mulilo De Aar 2 (North). Photo Jay Caboz.


  • South Africa’s largest multi-billion-rand Independent projects are all wind farms.
  • IPPs contribute 3,976MW to the grid while coal contributes 36,400MW.
  • The largest are 3 wind farms that contribute almost 140MW each.
  • More are on their way.

As Eskom fails to keep unplanned breakdowns at below 9,500MW – the level at which it is forced to consider load shedding – since the start of December, there is growing pressure on government to fast-track renewable power projects.

Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), believes just by lifting the Maximum Export Capacity (MEC) on all operating wind farms, which governs how much energy is permitted to be exported by wind farm power generators to the grid, 500MW of energy could immediately be brought online.

According to the Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (IPPPP), 3,976MW of electricity generation capacity from 64 IPP projects has been connected to the national grid. Wind makes up the lion’s share providing 52% of renewable energy to the grid. Among the largest are 3 wind farms that contribute almost 140MW each.

IPPs are nowhere near the 36,400MW (41,000MW if you include Medupi and Kusile which aren’t finished yet) delivered by coal. But this picture could change quickly: unlike coal power stations, which take years to build – Medupi has been under construction since 2007 – renewable projects can be built quite quickly and there’s a good track record of them sticking to schedules.

There is some good news on the way. IPP contribution is expected to go up to 6,422MW once all 112 projects come online. These are part of Bid window 4, the last bid window to be signed off by Eskom.


These are currently the largest sustainable energy projects:

  1. Longyuan Mulilo Green Energy Number 2 North Wind Energy Facility – 138.96MW

Longyuan Mulilo’s Number 2 North Wind Farm is one of the largest wind farms in South Africa. It is a massive 138.95MW farm found a few kilometers outside of De Aar, in the Northern Cape.

Along with a second 100MW wind farm, also in De Aar, Longyuan South Africa has invested almost R5 billion into the two projects.

Longyuan SA is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Longyuan Power Group Corporation – one of the world’s largest wind-power developers.


  1. Loeriesfontein Wind Farm 2 – 138.23MW, Northern Cape (R3.5 billion)

On 8 December 2017, Loeriesfontein Wind Farm was delivered into operation on schedule, and on budget, as part of the third round bid window of the REIPPP. With a generation capacity of 140MW the R3.5 billion farm boasts 61 SiemensSWT-2.3-108 turbines.

The Loeriesfontein Wind Farm forms part of a joint venture between global energy producers Mainstream Renewable Power and Lekela Power.

The site was chosen because of its excellent wind resource, its proximity to national roads for wind turbine transportation, the favourable construction conditions, municipality and local stakeholder support, the straightforward electrical connection into the Eskom grid, and studies showed that there would be little environmental impact.


  1. Khobab Wind – 137.74MW, Northern Cape (R3.5 billion) 

Khobab Wind Farm, also built by Mainstream Renewable Power, is located right next door to Loeriesfontein Wind Farm. Like its neighbour the farm contributes almost 140MW. The wind farm was estimated to cost R3.5 billion.


  1. Cookhouse Wind Farm – 135.8MW, Eastern Cape (R2.4 billion)

The R2.4 billion Cookhouse Wind Farm comprises of 66 Suzlon S88 wind turbine generators with a capacity of 135.8 MW.It is located just outside of Cookhouse, in the Blue Crane Route Municipality in the Eastern Cape, and spans 2,600 hectares of pastoral land.

The land  is leased from a local farmer and you can expect to see plenty of sheep grazing below the blades. The wind farm first supplied electricity to the grid in March 2014.Suzlon Wind Energy South Africa constructed the wind farm and is currently responsible for operation and maintenance. It is owned by Old Mutual, the African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) and the Local Community Trust.


  1. Gouda Wind Project – 135.5MW, Western Cape (R2,7 billion)

The R2,7 billion Gouda Wind Farm is owned by a consortium of ACCIONA Energía (51%); Aveng (29%); Soul City Broad-Based Empowerment Company (10%); and the Gouda Wind Energy Community Trust (10%).

Located in the Drakenstein municipality, Western Cape, it has 46 AW3000 turbines mounted on 100 meter-high concrete towers.


  1. Jeffreys Bay – 135.11MW, Eastern Cape (R2.9 billion)

The R2.9 billion wind farm comprises of 60 turbines that weigh 424 tonnes each. They can be found on a 3,700-hectare farm just outside of the popular surfing town Jeffreys Bay. Wind speeds of a minimum of 4 meters per second (mps) are required for the turbines to turn, with an ideal speed of 12mps. The turbines can do as many as 29 revolutions per minute.

If the wind gets too strong, at around 25mps, the turbines brake automatically and then rotate to 90 degrees.


  1. Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm – 131.05MW, Eastern Cape (R3.94 billion)

The 131.5MW wind farm Amakhala Emoyeni, which mean ‘aloes in the wind’ in isiXhosa, forms part of 13,000 hectares of leased agricultural farms near Bedford, a small town in the Eastern Cape. The R3,94 billion wind farm comprises 56 Nordex N117 / 2,400 turbines with a capacity of 2.4MW each.

Initial works included the construction of 35km of internal roads for the installation of the wind farm and future operations. The first wind turbine was erected in 2015.The project, jointly owned by Exxaro Resources, Tata Power and Cennergi, is only the first phase of a planned development.


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1st prize with our Level 1 BBBEE grading

June 12, 2018
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May 2018

In what we regard as one of our greatest achievements in our twenty fifth anniversary year, Adenco Construction received a Level 1 Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Grading.

This outcome was made possible through a firm and focused commitment from the management and staff at Adenco Construction to partner with and support the South African Government’s Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment programme. We especially focused on assisting small business with project opportunities; training of our people; socio economic development and of course ownership and management.

Says Kashif Wicomb “Our commitment to broad based empowerment is real and genuine as we believe that the private sector has a duty to positively contribute to our country and its people. “

Bes Bezuidenhout the Chief Executive of Adenco says “It is our Thuma Mina and by the way it makes commercial sense to advance SMME’s and to empower people.”


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Adenco Construction’s achievements and commitment to South Africa recognized

April 18, 2016
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14 April 2016 - Adenco Construction was a finalist in the 15th Annual Oliver Empowerment Awards 2016 held at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg South Africa for both the Job Creation Award & Top Empowered Business of the Year.

The Oliver Empowerment Awards create a space and opportunity for businesses and government to showcase what they are doing and how they embrace their principals. “I look for precise, clear and to the point responses,” Vanessa Phala, Executive Director, Business Unity South Africa. The Awards celebrates companies and individuals for their contribution and commitment to empowerment in South Africa, recognising the efforts of businesses, civil society and the public sector. Implementation of strategic B-BBEE policies, annual revenue, implementation of effective internal B-BBEE measurement mechanics and other areas of business are all taken into consideration in the selection of the winners of the respective categories. The Awards celebrate the achievement and progress of business in South Africa.

After a rigorous evaluation process by a panel of well respected and independent judges, Adenco Construction was one of five finalists along with companies such as Coega Development Corporation; Nedbank; Mckinsey & Company and Woodford Group.

Adenco 'ceded' the winning to the Coega Development Corporation in the Job Creation Award and to MultiChoice South Africa in the headline award Top Empowered Business of the Year.

Says Kashif Wicomb, executive director at Adenco Construction “This is another milestone in Adenco's 22 year history and confirms that we are on the right track with our transformation journey. We shared the stage with some of the biggest corporations in South Africa and also large State Owned Companies. What is significant is that Adenco was a family owned business (started by Bes and Gail Bezuidenhout in their garage) which embraced true and deep empowerment so the journey was and is a personal one for all of us.”
Adenco Construction: A company born in, owned by and with its roots deeply imbedded in South Africa and Africa.

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Adenco secures construction on two wind farms

December 11, 2015
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Adenco Construction is pleased to announce that it has signed the formal agreements with Longyuan South Africa Renewables to complete all the electrical construction for two wind farms in De Aar, Northern Cape South Africa.

De Aar 1 will be a 100MW, 67 tower wind farm. De Aar 2 will be a 140MW, 96 tower wind farm. Longyuan will invest a total of R 5 billion into the two projects. The construction start date is 11 January 2016.

Says Alec de Waal, director responsible for the De Aar projects: “This appointment is as a result of four years of intensive planning; design; pricing and negotiations. We have our teams in place and are ready to roll up our sleeves and tackle these projects with the determination; professionalism and focus on high quality work that  Adenco has become known for’.

De Aar 1 and De Aar 2 firmly entrenches Adenco Construction as one the leading electrical engineering contractors in the renewable energy wind farm sector and follows on the  138 MW , 46 tower Gouda Wind Farm completed in January 2015, the largest wind farm in the Western Cape.


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Adenco now in neighbouring Namibia

November 28, 2015
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Adenco Construction is pleased to announce that it has signed a partnership agreement with Namibians Linda Shaanika and Andre Smith and established Adenco Construction Namibia, a majority Namibian owned company.

Linda Shaanika holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Information and Knowledge Management from Loughborough University in England and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Information Studies from the University of Namibia. Linda is a Certified International Project Manager by the International Academy of Project Management (IAPM) and has worked at management level in the public and private sector.

Andre Smith is a successful Entrepreneur; a qualified teacher and former councilor in the Mangaung/ Bloemfontein local municipality.  He has achieved many successes and rewards in the financial sector as Medical Aid broker for 15 years.  Clients included government employees and Volkswagen South Africa.

Namibia will face an energy shortage of 750 MW by 2016. Adenco has entered Namibia with the objective to assist the Namibian Government with its challenges by providing the country with Adenco’s high quality, cost effective services that it has become known for.

Says Bes Bezuidenhout Adenco CEO “I worked in Namibia in the mid 70’s, the country and its people therefore have a special place in my heart.  Returning thirty years later is going full circle. We are really excited by this opportunity in Namibia and truly believe we have the proper local partners in Linda and Andre”.

Says Linda Shaanika, the newly appointed CEO of Adenco Construction Namibia “Adenco construction has an enviable, unsurpassed twenty two year old track record. We could not have chosen better partners to assist us as we tackle the energy infrastructure roll out in Namibia. We are happy and blessed to join the Adenco family”.

Adenco Construction Namibia will be based in Windhoek.

This is another step in growing Adenco’s footprint into Africa and comes soon after establishing a presence in Kenya in September 2015 .In addition to Namibia and Kenya, Adenco now has partners and a presence in Zambia, Botswana, Tanzania, the DRC and Nigeria.

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Adenco Construction makes the Grade with its CIDB 9EP Rating

August 12, 2015
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Adenco Construction announces with pride that it has received a Construction Industry Development Board rating (CIDB) 9EP grading.


The Construction Registers Service comprises the Register of Contractors and the Register of Projects which have been established in terms of the CIDB Act (Act 38 of 2000). The Register of Contractors grades and categorises contractors according to financial and works capability. It is mandatory for public sector clients to apply the Register of Contractors when considering construction works tenders. The Register of Contractors facilitates public sector procurement and serves as a framework for contractor development.


With the CIDB 9EP rating the highest possible grading from the Construction Industry Development Board  , Adenco Construction can now undertake and tender for construction projects of unlimited size and value .


Says Bes Bezuidenhout , the founder and CEO of Adenco Construction “The rating and achievement of a CIDB 9EP is the culmination of 21 years of dedication and focus in building Adenco into one of the biggest electrical engineering contractors within its sector in South Africa. We want to thank all the dedicated staff and families who are the reason for our success and this milestone achievement and also our valued clients for their unwavering support.”


The CIDB rating follows hot on the heels of the company’s BBBEE Level 2 rating in May and its announcement of 51% black ownership.


Adenco Construction is now one of six companies in South Africa with a BBBEE Level 2 rating and CIDB 9EP grading.

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Adenco Construction and Merdeka Power shoot the lights out

May 28, 2015
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Adenco Electrical Construction which celebrated its 21st anniversary on the 1st September 2014 has truly committed to the Government's call for established business to embrace empowerment and transformation.

Adenco Construction was started by Bes Bezuidenhout and his wife Gail with a Volksie bus and trailer from their garage. Today the company employs over 400 people and has more than 130 specialised vehicles on the road. The Bezuidenhout family ( Bes , Gail and their 3 sons)  who all work in the business have truly embraced empowerment not only in terms of  selling a sizeable portion of  their  shares in the business but also handing over control in a planned way while at the same time not abandoning the company they have built .

Coinciding with it's coming of age , Bes Bezuidenhout the founder and CEO of Adenco has sold 25 % of his family shares to Merdeka Power making Adenco a majority black owned company .

Merdeka Power was founded in 2012 by Kashif Wicomb , a law graduate ,national business leader and seasoned entrepreneur and Niezaam Davids  a chartered accountant and mergers and acquisition specialist  with the express focus to become involved with and assist with the infrastructure roll out of the State.

Says Bes Bezuidenhout "I am excited with the prospects and future of Adenco. With Kashif and Niezaam on board, the next 21 years and beyond can only be better and brighter. I believe we have the right skills, commitment and can do attitude to move ahead in a meaningful way".

Says Kashif Wicomb 'Adenco is one of the most established and respected companies in its sector. Management and the company's commitment to empowerment and expansion together with its respected track record certainly are the ingredients needed to shoot the lights out and assist South Africa and Africa with its electrical infrastructure expansion'.

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Cyan broadens South African horizons with Adenco

May 27, 2015
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Cyan (AIM:CYAN.L), the integrated system and software design company delivering mesh based flexible wireless solutions for utility metering and lighting control, announces that it has selected Adenco Construction (Pty) Ltd (“Adenco”) as a preferred supplier of smart metering and lighting solutions as well as emerging , related Internet of Things applications in South Africa.


Cyan and Adenco will collaborate to deliver smart energy solutions that enable the measurement and control of energy consumption, helping to increase energy security and reduce supply costs in South Africa. Adenco is anelectrical construction company registered with all relevant authorities including Eskom Western Cape, CIBD and Provincial Administration to supply, install and commission electrical and lighting contracts.


John Cronin, Executive Chairman of Cyan, commented: “We are pleased to be working with Adenco in South Africa. The US Trade & Development Agency has forecast that South African utility executives will spend $11 billion on grid modernization over the next decade*. Cyan is focussed on delivering smart metering and lighting technology to next generation economies, providing energy companies with the technology to support demand management, as well as enabling consumers to manage their energy consumption effectively.”


Bes Bezuidenhout, Chief Executive of  Adenco Electrical Construction commented:“In South Africa demand to deploy energy efficient infrastructure is growing. Cyan’s technology supports the management of energy consumption as well as demand side management to control peak load.”


As part of its collaboration with partners in South Africa, Cyan is participating in Africa Utility Week in Cape Town South Africa. Cyan’s VP,Mark Coyle will present, ‘Why Africa should get ‘smart’ with its metering’ on day one of the conference programme. The presentation will describe how Cyan’s integrated smart metering platform delivers practical benefits specifically aligned with the requirements of Africa’s energy market:  Enabling security of supply, affordability and sustainability through reduced losses, peak load management and enhanced revenue assurance. Mark will go on to explain how Cyan’s technology can enable the management of energy consumption and demand side participation by customers, establishing a platform to deliver ongoing benefits across all stakeholders.




Cyan Holdings plc Tel: +44 (0) 1954 234 400
John Cronin, Executive Chairman
Allenby Capital Ltd – Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker Tel: +44 (0) 203328 5656
Jeremy Porter / Alex Brearley  
Beaufort Securities Limited – Joint Broker Tel:  +44 (0) 20 73828300
Elliot Hance  
Walbrook PR - Financial PR Tel:  +44(0) 20 7933 8780
Paul Cornelius/Nick Rome


About Cyan

Cyan is an integrated system design company based in Cambridge, UK. It provides a communication platform that enables the measurement and control of energy consumption for the metering and lighting markets, helping to reduce energy losses. Cyan's wireless mesh networking platform offers 'last mile' connectivity between millions of devices and enterprise software, supporting bilateral communications with the end customer.

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About CyLec®

CyLec® is a complete control and communication network for electricity metering. CyLec® uses wireless technology to enable the collection and delivery of data from and to a meter, such as energy profiles, instant readings and the sending of tariff updates. Priority data can also be sent back to the utilities such as information regarding tampering enabling the utility to take action immediately.


About Adenco

South African based Adenco Construction was established on the 1st of September 1993. Adenco provides turn key projects on Transmission and Distribution Electrical reticulation networks including design, construction and commissioning of sub stations; Supply, installation and commissioning of high, medium and light voltage electrical reticulation networks to Government and Private Developers. Supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of street- and sports field lighting. Construction of renewable energy farms. Adenco counts some of the biggest private property developers and state owned enterprises as clients. Adenco has also completed project on the African continent.

Adenco Construction is a CIDB 8EP rated company and is 51 % black owned a key criteria and significant achievement in the South African market.

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Adenco Construction present at African Utility Week 2015.

May 27, 2015
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Adenco Utility Week 2015The 15th annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa held in Cape Town South Africa in May 2015 is the global meeting place, conference and trade exhibition for African power and water utility professionals and offers a unique networking opportunity for engineers, stakeholders and solution providers alike.

250 exhibitors on 12 000 m2 of space makes this market leading trade exhibition the first port of call for senior decision makers from utilities, governments, large power users, IPPs, consultants, contractors and regulators to source the latest solutions or to meet new clients and suppliers.

The conference hosts 1 200 delegates across 8 tracks discussing challenges around power generation, T&D, metering, clean energy, finance, reliability, water supply and energy efficiency.  Over 5 000 attendees attended the conference and expo in 2015 .

Adenco proudly shared a stand with Cyan Holdings, a UK based metering company at African Utility week 2015.

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Adenco extends its footprint into Africa

May 27, 2015
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In May 2015 Adenco Construction signed a joint venture agreement with Nairobi based Kesho Holdings to pursue opportunities in Kenya.

Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited has embarked on huge drive to provide electricity to the more than 65 % the Kenyan population  who currently do  not have access to electricity .

Kesho Technologies is represented by Mr. Ken Kagoiya (an electrical engineer) and Mr. Samuel Kavai (an industrial engineer) who both have a firm and thorough understanding of the needs of Kenya and the opportunities which exists in this region.

Adenco Construction is very excited by the prospects which this partnership holds and looks forward to playing its role in lighting up Africa.

In addition to Kenya, Adenco now has partners and a presence in Zambia , Botswana , Tanzania , the DRC and Nigeria.

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