Iberdrola wins 61MW Kenyan contract

KENYA: Iberdrola is to build a 61MW wind farm in Kenya with a view to handing it on post construction.

The wind farm will feature GE's 1.6MW turbine
The wind farm will feature GE's 1.6MW turbine
The Kinangop project, worth EUR 85 million to the Spanish utility company, will be located 40 kilometres from Nairobi and is being developed by Kenyan firm Aeolus.

Iberdrola will handle the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the project.

Once constructed it will be owned by the African Infrastructure Investment Fund and the Norwegian investment fund for developing countries, Norfund.

As previously announced, the wind farm will be made up of 38 GE 1.6-82.5 turbines. It was originally initiated by EcoGen as a 30MW project in 2004, but was scaled up to 50MW in 2009, with a 60MW plan approved in May 2010.

Iberdrola, as part of a consortium with Gamesa, is also building the Ngong II wind farm, 30 kilometres from Nairobi. The 13.6MW project is being carried out for the Kenya Electricity Generating Company.

While there are a number of wind farms in the pipeline in Kenya, including the 300MW Lake Turkana, the country still has only 5MW of installed capacity.

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