Djibouti set for 60MW wind farm

DJIBOUTI: Djibouti's state-owned electricity company has signed a memorandum of understanding with Qatar Petroleum International (QPI) to assess the feasibility of a 60MW wind power plant near Lake Assal, to the west of the capital.

Djibouti is located in the Horn of Africa
Djibouti is located in the Horn of Africa

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The feasibility study should be completed by the end of the year, said Yousef Fakhroo, QPI's global communications manager.

The company, with a broad portfolio of energy investments, is seeking to  develop its activities abroad, especially in Africa.

If it goes ahead, the plant would be Djibouti's first industrial-scale wind power facility. The country is keen to diversify its energy mix away from expensive diesel-powered plant.

The Djibouti Electricity Company also has a long-standing agreement with the American-affiliated Maple Indian Ocean Resources to build a 40MW wind and solar plant near Lake Goubet, also west of the capital.

Another, smaller project is under evaluation near the southern town of Ali Sabieh.

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