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18 MARZO 2019

11:03 - Tanzania

TANZANIA- NJOMBE REGION SET TO GENERATE WIND-POWER

(ICE) - ROMA, 18 MAR -

The country first wind powered electricity is expected to be set in
Makambako in Njombe Region and the project development,
spearhead by Windlab Development Tanzania, is progressing well.
The project, Miombo Hewani Wind Farm, is a planned 300 megawatts
in wind-powered power station in three phases of 100MW each. The
project phase one set to serve over one million residents of
Makambako Township.
Windlab Developments Tanzania, Managing Director, Katherine
Persson, said that the project lifespan once completed is 25 to 30
years.
"We work to ensure that local communities from the villages of
Igomba, Isimike and Itengelo benefit from this project," Ms. Persson
said in an interview over the weekend.
According to Ms. Persson, Miombo Hewani has been approved to set
up wind turbine in the area and the first phase investment is projected
at 250 million US dollars and will take 12 to 18 months to implement.
"To generate the first 100MW one needs up to 34 wind turbines as well
as electrical infrastructure connecting the wind farm to the national
electricity grid at the Makambako Substations," Persson said.
Mid last year, Windlab was issued an environmental and social impact
assessment certificate for the project near Makambako located at the
junction of Njombe, Iringa and Mbeya regions.
Once all phases are complete, the facility will have a capacity of
generating enough power to light some three million households,
based on current per capita usage.
The power produced at Miombo Hewani will be sold to TANESCO at
affordable rate, according to Windlab. "The Miombo Hewani project will
have a large stake from 10 million US dollars," said Ms. Persson.
(ICE ADDIS ABEBA)