Wind Wire: Presidential go

The Nigerian government has approved construction of a 10 MW wind plant in the state of Katsina, close to the border with Niger.

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French turbine maker Vergnet is building the EUR20 million plant, to consist of 37 of its 275 kW turbines, over a 20-month period, starting from the contract signature date, which Vergnet says will be in the coming months.

The decision was originally announced last year following a tender call, but contract negotiations foundered in the global financial crisis. The contract is now part of a N25.3 billion (EUR121.6 million) spending program to stabilise and diversify the country's energy supply. National planning minister Shamsudeen Usman says it is the first of a series of wind power projects in Katsina.

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