N.Y.—December 17, 2013—The Kinangop Wind Farm in Kenya, developed by Aeolus
Kenya and constructed by Iberdrola Engineering, will be powered by 38 GE (NYSE: GE) 1.6-megawatt
(MW) wind turbines. The Kinangop facility will be one of the largest wind
power generation projects to be built to date in sub-Saharan Africa. Following
its commissioning, the 61-MW wind farm will generate enough renewable
electricity to power the equivalent of 150,000 homes in the country.
GE has had a long
and successful collaboration with Iberdrola, spanning nearly 100 years, having
developed energy projects together in all countries where Iberdrola has a
footprint. In Kenya, Nairobi Ring, a large-scale grid upgrade for the Kenya
Electricity Transmission utility also was announced as another collaboration
between the companies. Nairobi Ring is a new electricity distribution system
including a high-voltage network, four new substations and the extension of the
city’s largest existing substation.
“The Kinangop wind farm project strengthens our
presence in Africa and particularly in Kenya, where the
expansion in power capacity needs to be balanced with the reliability of the
supply. GE's 1.6-MW wind turbines are a great fit for Kenya’s
robust wind conditions and for the advancements in serviceability and grid
integration,” said Iberdrola Engineering.
“The development of this large-scale wind park has
been a challenging and rewarding process and all our efforts have yielded a
positive outcome for Kenya in its ongoing efforts to improve energy security. GE’s 1.6-MW wind turbines will
provide reliable, cost-effective and efficient generation of a cleaner source
of power over the lifetime of the project,” said Richard Herbert, chief
executive, Aeolus Kenya.
GE also will provide operations and maintenance for
the wind farm through a full-service
agreement (FSA) with Kinangop
Wind Park Limited for 10 years. The agreement will help the Kinangop wind farm
achieve high wind turbine operating performance and life
with predictive condition monitoring services, unplanned maintenance coverage
and other advanced services. GE also will train local technicians and provide
technical advisory support for connecting the wind farm to the grid.
population of 43 million is experiencing tremendous growth. According to the “Tariff
Structures for Sustainable Electrification in Africa” report, roughly 16-18
percent of the Kenyan population has access to electricity. Over the last six
years, electricity demand has increased by an average of 7 percent per annum,
and the energy demand forecast for 2010-2030 is rising from 7.4 TWh in 2009 to
92 TWh in 2030. This corresponds to an annual increase in demand of 12.8
“We are pleased
to make our debut into the Kenyan power sector. GE’s advanced wind technology
will help provide cost-effective power to the economy and contribute to the
social development of Kenya,”
said Cliff Harris, general manager for GE's European, Middle East and Africa
renewable energy business.
The facility will
benefit from around-the-clock remote monitoring and diagnostics through GE’s
global wind monitoring center in Salzbergen, Germany, which monitors wind
turbines in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Iberdrola Engineering is one of the widest-reaching energy engineering companies
with activities in nearly 40 countries. An Iberdrola Group company, the
subsidiary specializes in engineering and construction projects for other
companies in the group as well as third parties in the fields of generation,
nuclear, grids and renewable energy.
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