Jun 25, 2017 Last Updated 7:49 AM, Jun 22, 2017

Nigeria’s first wind farm nears completion

ABN – Construction on West Africa’s largest wind farm has almost been completed in Nigeria.

The 10 megawatt wind farm is the first wind-based energy development in Nigeria and is based in Katsina.

It is made up of 37 turbines with a capacity of 275 kilowatts, which will supply over 2,200 homes with power.

The project was funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency and was developed by Vergnet S.A.


Construction starts on Africa’s largest wind farm

ABN – Construction on Africa’s largest wind farm has started in Lake Turkana, Kenya.

The US$1 billion joint venture is scheduled to be completed in 2017 and international organisations, including the World Bank, have high hopes for the projects economic success.

However, the project has come across many issues over the years including the eruption of fighting in 2007 after the national poll.

Kwame Parker, East Africa head of power and infrastructure at Standard Bank, said: “At Turkana you get literally one of the best winds you can get in the world, but almost everything else is hard.”


AfDB commits $60bn to African energy

ABN – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced that the continent will require as much as US$60 billion to fund power sources over the next 25 years.

Over 620 million people are thought to be lacking access to a decent energy supply in Africa.

The bank has already committed more than $13 billion towards the cause over the last two decades.

Solomon Asamoah, AfDB’s vice president in charge of Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration, said: “Over 30 African countries now face regular power shortages while access to electricity in the sub-Saharan region stands at between 15% and 40%.

“The continent has significant share of the world’s renewable energy sources, of which only a fraction is under development.

“Africa has the potential to leapfrog over carbonintensive technologies and meet most of its future energy needs from renewable sources, putting it firmly on the path to green and inclusive growth.”


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