June 19, 2018 Read More →

Australia’s Windlab Ltd. to build Tanzania’s first wind farm

The East African:

Tanzania has licensed a subsidiary of Australia’s Windlab Ltd to build 300 MW Miombo Hewani wind farm in the central part of the country.

Windlab said the project will be undertaken in phases with the initial part using up $300 million for 100 MW comprising up to 34 wind turbines and a transmission line to the national electricity grid at Makambako substation. The certificate signed on May 30, 2018 by Minister of State in the vice president’s office (Union and Environment) Mr January Makamba was the first to be issued in Tanzania for a wind farm.

It says the aim is to inject electricity to grid by September 2018 after completing a transmission line. Windlab has secured a grant from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland to fund the undertaking. The firm hopes to secure further financing.

Windlab’s chief executive officer Roger Price said that in developing Miombo Hewani, the firm will apply experience gained from working on over 50 wind energy projects across North America, Australia and southern Africa.

Less than one-third of Tanzania’s population of over 55 million have access to electricity. The country’s growth rate averaged 6 per cent in last decade, creating a need for new investments in electricity generation.

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