29 Apr '17, 1pm

84/ Africa’s largest wind farm, the 310MW Turkana project in Kenya, is now generating electricity. https://t.co/0oj7F3hFXb

84/ Africa’s largest wind farm, the 310MW Turkana project in Kenya, is now generating electricity. https://t.co/0oj7F3hFXb

It is the best part of 20 years since Carlo Van Wageningen first conceived the idea, but Africa's biggest wind farm — the 310MW Lake Turkana project in Kenya — is now just a few months away from full commissioning. The last of the 365 Vestas V52-850kW turbines was installed in early March, and all are due to be generating electricity by the end of June. Located near the south-west shore of the lake, and at an altitude of 2,300 metres above sea level, the project covers 162km2 . Construction included the building of 210km of roads and 430km of powerlines. Small by contemporary standards, the Vestas V52-850kW turbine, introduced in the early 2000s, with hub heights of 44 metres was specified to make transport easier over the 1,200km journey from Port Mombasa to the project site. When fully commissioned, Lake Turkana will represent nearly 18% of Kenya's electricity-generating...

Full article: http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1428348/vision-re...

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