27 Nov 19 News Projects Senegal

Taiba N'Diaye nears launch as West Africa's biggest wind farm

More than half of Taiba N'Diaye's 46 wind turbines have been installed in just four months. Image: Reuters

Senegal’s first utility-scale wind farm, currently under construction for our Africa joint venture, is on schedule to start powering ten of thousands of homes by the end of this year.

Lekela Power’s Taiba N’Diaye project recently reached its latest milestone with the completion and energisation of its substation.

And four months after the lifting of the first Vestas V126, around 30 of the eventual 46 turbines are now in place.

Construction workers throw the switch on one of the newly installed turbines at Taiba N'Diaye

As this Reuters news report details, 16 of these 117m tall towers are already generating 50 MW of energy and are set to begin feeding the national grid at the end of December.

When fully operational, the 158.7 MW Taiba N’Diaye will be West Africa’s biggest wind farm, increasing Senegal’s generation capacity by 15% and providing electricity to an estimated two million people.

Some 250 of the 600 workers currently employed in the construction phase are from the Taiba N’Diaye community, and Lekela Power’s socio-economic programme will invest US$20million in local education, enterprise and environmental schemes over the next 20 years.