Published On: Wed, May 31st, 2017

First wind project harnesses Namibia’s power potential

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Diaz Wind PowerWINDHOEK, (CAJ News) – NAMIBIA’S first clean energy project, set to add an additional 44MW of to the national network, is anticipated to alleviate some of the pressure on the Southern African grid.
Developed by Diaz Wind Power, the wind farm will be a major step towards harnessing the full potential of wind resources for the country.
WSP (established as William Sale Partnership), one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies on the continent, has played a pivotal role in bringing about the project in Namibia.
Dinesh Buldoo, Director of Transmission and Distribution, WSP Africa, noted NamPower, the national power utility, started exploring wind power capability in 1998.
At the time, the Ministry of Mines and Energy installed wind measurements stationed at Walvis Bay and Lüderitz – and in the same year, a feasibility study was launched to assess the viability of developing wind farms in these towns.
“While the Diaz Wind Farm will be the first in the country, Namibia offers some of the highest wind potential in Africa, considering it is located in the more extreme latitudes away from the negative impacts of atmospheric heating and the earth’s rotation,” said Buldoo.
Namibia intends on growing wind energy generation capacity within the country.
It is estimated that the country’s potential is 27 201MW and 36TW/h a year with a relative land use of 824 268km2.
Diaz Wind Farm is thus seen as a bold step towards embracing wind generation technology.
WSP said while the Namibia’s renewable energy policy was in its final stages, they expected to see a growing number of wind farm projects increasing in size at a utility level coming to ground – especially as the country pursues its ambitions of a 70 percent renewable energy scenario by 2030.
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