Lekela appoints new General Manager for Senegal
Lekela, the renewable power generation company that delivers utility-scale projects across Africa, today announced the appointment of Massaer Cisse as General Manager for Senegal. The appointment comes as Lekela moves towards financial close of Senegal’s first utility-scale wind farm, Taiba N’Diaye.
Massaer has held a variety of roles over the past 17 years, including in global financial, legal and fiscal management, project planning and implementation. Most recently, he was a Director at Deloitte, Senegal, where he led a team who assisted multinational firms in various sectors, managing investments, business operations and government relations in Senegal, Gambia, Mali and Mauritania. Prior to this, he spent 9 years at Deloitte in New York.
As General Manager, Massaer will be responsible for managing Lekela’s 158.7MW Taiba N’Diaye wind farm as it reaches financial close, commences construction and begins long-term operation. Massaer will also focus on maintaining relations with the local community, the Government, Senelec and other key stakeholders. Additionally, he will support Lekela’s business development activities in the region and will be responsible for growing Lekela’s in-country team.
Chris Antonopoulos, Chief Executive Officer of Lekela, said: “We are pleased to welcome Massaer, who will bring valuable knowledge and extensive in-market experience to our Senegal operations. Massaer’s appointment cements our commitment to the country, as we move towards financial close and then construction on the Taiba N’Diaye wind farm.”
Massaer Cisse, said: “Taiba N’Diaye forms a critical component of Senegal’s clean energy strategy, and I’m excited to help the country progress towards this. Lekela’s commitment to delivering sustainable and reliable power across Africa, whilst also creating long-term value in the communities they operate in, was key in my decision to work there, and I am very much looking forward to it.”
About Taiba N’Diaye, Senegal
Taiba N’Diaye is the first utility-scale wind power project in Senegal and will deliver a 15% uplift to generation capacity in the country. It will provide up to 158.7 MW of much-needed clean, reliable, and competitively-priced energy into the rapidly expanding local grid.
The project will consist of 46 wind turbines, and will form a critical component of the Government of Senegal’s clean electricity production strategy.
The project benefits from strong local community support, and an extensive social investment programme is already underway, which is expected to contribute up to US$20m over the life of the wind farm.