Vestas wins EPC order for 159MW wind project in Senegal

WCN Editorial Team 4 Sep 2018 AFRICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Danish energy solutions company Vestas has secured an EPC order from Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye, a company in which Lekela has a majority stake, for the 159MW Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye wind energy project in Senegal, Africa.

The Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye wind farm, the first utility-scale project in Senegal, is expected to increase the country’s power generation capacity by 15%.

Lekela has developed 1.3 GW of wind and solar projects across Africa and is partly-owned by French developer Sarreole.

As part of the order, Vestas will supply, transport, install and commission 46 V126-3.45MW turbines. The contract also includes an Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park over the next 20 years.

Vestas VP sales region Western MediterraneanNicolas Wolff said: “This is a very special order for us, since together with Lekela, we are delivering a project that will represent 20 percent of the country’s energy mix and have a positive impact on Senegalese communities, providing opportunities for local employment while responding to the country’s energy challenges.”

Vestas’ financing partner EKF Denmark’s Export Credit has provided a €140m export loan for the project.

Turbine delivery and commissioning will be taken up in three phases - deliveries between the second and the third quarters of 2019, and commissioning between the third quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.

In another project, MHI Vestas has signed an order for the supply of 90 V164-9.5MW turbines for the 860MW Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm located 32km off the Lincolnshire coast, UK.

The company has also agreed on a comprehensive service and maintenance agreement for five years.

MHI Vestas has recently achieved financial close for the Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm with innogy, making it the largest MW project secured by the company so far.

The company will establish its wind turbine pre-assembly operations at Able UK’s Seaton Port in Teesside. The company expects the wind turbine pre-assembly operations to generate 40-50 local jobs.

MHI Vestas will also manage all logistics and pre-assembly activity for the project. It will pre-assemble turbine tower sections, blades and nacelles at Seaton and transport them in construction vessels for installation at the offshore wind farm.

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Image: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will supply 90 turbines for the Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm. Photo: courtesy of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

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