A consortium formed by Iberdrola Engineering (40 percent) and wind turbine maker Gamesa (60 percent) has been awarded the construction of a wind farm of 13.6 megawatts of wind power in Kenya for an amount of 20 million euros .
The new wind farm will be located in the town of Ngong, about 30 kilometers from Nairobi, and the deadline for execution of works is 18 months.
The turnkey wind farm project has been awarded by the national power generation company Kengen (Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited) and includes the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the wind farm.
The wind farm will be called Ngong II and will have 16 wind turbines from Gamesa G52 model. Its funding will include contributions from the Development Assistance Fund .
Iberdrola Ingeniería is present in Kenya since 2006 and has opened in the capital, Nairobi, a business office personnel moved from Spain.
From that year until late 2009, developed a project that included the automation of hydro Kengen and construction of a control center for them. The project represented a significant transfer of technology to Kenya and training for professionals in this country.
Gamesa, the contract represents its first foray into the country, the result of a new strategy to expand into new markets and customers. The subsidiary of Iberdrola is destined to stay in Kenya and is currently studying the possibility of participating in more wind projects, as well as others related to the electricity grid and geothermal plants.
Electric vehicle with lithium batteries do not emit CO2 or damage the environment if the electricity comes from renewable sources like wind, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal. Wind turbines can supply electricity to electric vehicles in the future will also serve to store and regulate the electricity intermittent wind energy sector.
With over 15 years experience, Gamesa is a world leader in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of wind turbines, with the installation of about 20,000 MW in twenty-six countries on four continents.
Gamesa is also a world reference in the market for development, construction and sale of wind farms, with more than 3,500 MW and a portfolio of over 22,000 MW in wind farms in various stages of development in Europe, America and Asia.
With thirty manufacturing sites in Europe, United States, China and India, and annual production capacity of 4,400 MW, the company employs over 7,000 people internationally.