Australian company WorleyParsons has signed a 22-month engineering contract with Kipeto Energy for the Kipeto Wind Power Project in Kenya, the second largest in the country after the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project.
The company had provided the overall project management, engineering review and construction management services for the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project.
WorleyParsons project director Tim Gaskell said: “Our successful execution of the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project and the experience gained played a key role in WorleyParsons winning the Kipeto project.”
The Kipeto project, located in the south west of Nairobi, will include the construction of 60 GE wind turbines and produce an additional 100MW of renewable energy for the Kenyan Grid.
The company’s ability to use its global expertise and in-country knowledge are expected to be added advantages to ensuring the successful completion of the project.
The company’s focus on localisation is expected to contribute to the Kenyan economy, creating job opportunities for approximately 1,000 locals.
Local contractors and some of the local personnel who were part of the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project team will also find continued employment.
Gaskell said: “This project reinforces Kenya’s commitment to the wind power industry and adds to Kenya’s already strong renewable energy mix.”
Previously, WorleyParsons was awarded a new three-year contract by NOVA Chemicals for continued engineering on the Corunna Cracker Expansion Project (Phase 3) in Ontario, Canada.
The contract was awarded after the company’s successful completion of services to Phase 2 of the project.
Under this contract, WorleyParsons will provide engineering, procurement, construction management and project management services.
The services will be executed from WorleyParsons’ North American offices and other WorleyParsons’ offices.
WorleyParsons CEO Andrew Wood said: “We are pleased to announce this award, which extends our services to the project and continues our strong relationship with NOVA Chemicals.”
Image: Kipeto wind project. Photo: Courtesy of WorleyParsons.