Iberdrola Ingeniería, in a consortium with Gamesa, has completed the construction of its first wind farm in Kenya, the Ngong II project with an installed capacity of 13.6 MW. It was awarded by the state-owned Kenyan Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen) in a contract worth €21.4 million. This renewable facility located in the municipality of Ngong Hills, about 30 km west of Nairobi, consists of 16 Gamesa-manufactured G52 wind turbines and was financed by the Spanish Enterprise Internationalisation Fund (FIEM).
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The two companies completed the wind farm as a turnkey project that included the design, procurement, construction, assembly of all the components, and connection to the electricity grid. They will also operate and maintain the wind form for a minimum period of one year.
This project was completed ahead of schedule, in 16 rather than 18 months, and consolidates the operations of Iberdrola’s subsidiary in Kenya, a country that has become a priority for the company.
The Ngong II wind farm was commissioned as part of an ambitious initiative involving electricity distribution networks and renewable energies being carried out by Iberdrola Ingeniería in this country. The so-called Nairobi project will transform the Kenyan capital into a city with a reliable and modern electricity system. It is being carried out at the request of the state-owned firms Ketraco and KenGen in conjunction with another local firm called Eolus.
The initiative consists of setting up a new electricity distribution system including a high voltage network, with 15 new kilometres of overhead and underground power lines, four 220 kV substations – Athi River, Isinya, Ngong and Koma Rock – and an extension to the most important substation in the city, Dandora, that will also have 220 kV capacity.
The Iberdrola subsidiary is also building two wind farms: the abovementioned Ngong II facility and the Kinangop wind farm, which will have a capacity of 61 MW and will consist of a total of 38 turbines, each with a unit capacity of 1.6 MW, manufactured by US firm General Electric.