Senegal set to join global wind club as first turbines arrive

First batch of Vestas components shipped in for wind farm that will add 15% to nation's generation base

Senegal moved closer to joining the global wind family as the first Vestas turbine components arrived for a debut utility-scale project that will add 15% to its electricity generation base.

Developer Lekela is building the 159MW Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye (PETN) with a planned switch-on date later this year for the first of its 46, 3.45MW turbines.

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Once fully operational the wind farm will deliver 450GWh annually to the West African nation’s grid, boosting its capacity by 15%, said Lekela.

A ceremony to mark the components’ arrival at the Port of Dakar was attended by the country’s energy minister and senior officials from the companies involved.

The project is a key part of the Senegalese government’s Plan Senegal Emergent programme for the country’s economic development.

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