Senegal, Taiba N’Diaye
Lekela’s activities in Senegal are focused on the 158.7MW Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye (PETN). It will provide a 15% increase in electricity generation capacity for the country, providing power for over 2 million people.
PETN is a landmark project that provides much needed clean and economically priced energy into the rapidly expanding local grid system operated by Senelec. Construction has begun at Taiba N’Diaye, with power expected to begin transmitting to the grid in November 2019.
The project is Senegal’s first utility-scale wind energy project and aligns with the Government of Senegal’s strategy of increasing clean electricity production and diversifying Senegal’s energy mix. The project is also expected to help reduce the cost of electricity generation in Senegal, which has one of the highest generation costs in Sub-Saharan Africa. PETN will be one of the lowest cost producers of electricity in Senegal.
PETN is designed to generate electricity for at least 20 years and will consist of 46 Vestas wind turbines that can produce 3.45 megawatts each. They utilise a 117m tubular steel tower and a blade length of 61.7m giving a very large swept area of 12,469 m2 allowing the wind turbines to maximise the amount of energy captured from the wind.
It has also undertaken a wide-ranging environmental and social impact assessment and will be built and operated to world class performance standards.
The project benefits from strong government and local community support, and will implement an extensive social investment programme, estimated to contribute up to US$20m over the life time of the wind farm. PETN will create numerous job opportunities during construction both directly and indirectly for the Taiba N’Diaye community who will benefit financially and in terms of improved skills and knowledge. This will lead to better future employment prospects for community members.
Several early community projects are already underway, including revamping the local market to provide a safe trading environment for the local women traders as well as developing a computer laboratory for the local high school.
For more information about the Taiba N’Diaye wind farm, visit www.taibaeolien.com