France-based Eiffage Energía in collaboration with Vestas has broken ground on a 158.8MW wind farm in the Tivaouane region in Senegal.
According to Eiffage Energía, the wind farm is located about 70km northwest of Dakar.
Originally, the wind power project was planned to be executed in three phases with 46 wind turbines, each having a capacity of 3.3MW. However, the project will now be executed in a single phase, equipped with 46 wind turbines, with each having capacity of 3.45MW.
Since 2012, Eiffage has been working on the project while agreeing to a collaboration with Vestas. The French company said that the relationship with Vestas led to the award of the complete Balance of Plant (BOP) package, covering civil and electrical works of the wind farm, construction of the lift substation, and connection of the turbines to an existing substation of the National Electricity Company of Senegal (SENELEC).
Construction on the wind farm in Tivaouane is expected to be completed in 18 months. Upon its commissioning, the wind facility will be able to meet the power consumption needs of nearly 150,000 homes.
The wind farm’s Vestas V126 – 3.45 MW turbines will have a hub height of 117m and a rotor diameter of 126m.
According to the turbine manufacturer, the rotor of the turbine facilitates greater wind capture, which in turn generates more power at a reduced cost. The V126 – 3.45 MW turbine is thereby suitable in areas having low wind.
Earlier this month, Vestas secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 101MW wind project in India from Trinethra Wind & Hydro Power, a subsidiary of Continuum Wind Energy.
The Indian wind farm project will be built in Rajkot in Gujarat state with Vestas’ order covering delivery, installation and commissioning of 46 V120-2.2 MW turbines and also its civil and electrical work.
Last month, the turbine manufacturer bagged a 200MW order of 2MW turbines from Hanas for the Fengjigou project in Ningxia province, China.