The independent developer of wind and solar farms, Eco Delta announced last week obtained a concession for the construction and operation of a wind farm of 25.2 MW in Lomé, the capital of Togo.

This will be the first wind farm in West Africa.

Following an international tender, the Government of Togo has signed a concession agreement for the construction and operation of the plant on behalf of Delta Wind Togo. The concession is concluded for a period of 22 years, including two years spent assembling the financing, construction and commissioning of facilities.

Along with a local partner, Delta Wind Togo has conducted three years of study to realize this project which has, since its inception, received a warm welcome from the Togolese Government. Moreover, in a process of environmental sustainability and agricultural plant will be installed on 40 km2 of natural fallow unfit for cultivation, Zio River swamps, at a place called “swamp of Kagome.” It will have 11 to 14 wind turbines for a total investment of approximately 45 million euros ($54 billion).

“We thank the Government of Togo to trust in the Eco Delta giving him the opportunity to participate in the implementation of its strategy for the electrification of the country. Following a call for tenders for the construction and equipment of the park We plan to launch the site in the next few months. Connection to the Communauté Electrique du Benin, the company distributing electricity common in Togo and Benin should take place no later than 2 years ” Knoche said Ronald, CEO of Delta Eco group.

The plant will supply about 5 to 7% of the country’s electricity, thus contributing to the national effort implemented by the Government to supply the population. After commissioning two years ago of a thermal gas / oil 100 MWe wind farm Kagome will increase the share of electricity from renewable sources in the energy mix of the country and support its strategy of energy independence.

In 2008, Togo has consumed 672 million kWh, of which 515 million were imported from Ghana and Ivory Coast.

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