Big month of wind farm commissioning in Middle East and Africa

Windpower Intelligence identified nearly 300MW of newly operational capacity in the Middle East and Africa last month

BTE Renewables’ and Craftskills reached full power at their 100MW Kipeto wind farm in July
BTE Renewables’ and Craftskills reached full power at their 100MW Kipeto wind farm in July

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Several wind farms in the Middle East and Africa were brought online last month, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.

Of those, Enel’s 140MW Oyster Bay Oyster Bay (140MW) OnshoreKouga, Eastern Cape, South Africa, Middle East & Africa Click to see full details in Eastern Cape, South Africa, was the largest. Awarded to Enel in 2015, through South Africa’s renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme (REIPPPP), it comprises 41 V117-3.45 MW turbines, each of which can deliver up to 3.6MW.

In Kenya, full power was achieved at BTE Renewables’ and Craftskills’ 100MW Kipeto Kipeto (100MW) OnshoreKajiado County, Kenya, Middle East & Africa Click to see full details wind farm in Kajiado County. Comprising 60 GE 1.7-103 turbines, it becomes Kenya’s second largest.

And in Jordan, AMEA Power and Xenel International Group commissioned their 51.75MW Abour (Tafilah) Abour (Tafilah) (51.75MW) OnshoreTafilah Governorate, Jordan, Middle East & Africa Click to see full details project. Comprising 15 V136-3.45 MW turbines, it is located near Tafilah.

A number of other emerging markets also saw new capacity commissioned in July.

Chinese utility, State Power Investment Corporation, announced that its 100MW Zhanatas Zhanatas (100MW) OnshoreJambyl Province, Kazakhstan, Asia-Pacific Click to see full details wind farm in Jambyl province, Kazakhstan, had been brought online. Comprising 40 of Envision’s EN2.5-121 turbines, it became central Asia’s largest wind farm.

And in neighbouring Russia, Rosatom subsidiary NovaWind reported that its 120MW Marchenkovskaya Marchenkovskaya (120MW) OnshoreRostov Oblast, Russia, Europe Click to see full details wind farm in Rostov had been commissioned. It features 48 turbines, each of which provides 2.5MW.

Kazakhstan and Russia now have 152MW and 1,175MW of operational wind capacity respectively, according to Windpower Intelligence. Meanwhile, there is 17.3GW of operational wind capacity in the Middle East and Africa.

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