WSP has been involved in the development of more than 100 wind generation projects globally, having worked with owners, EPC contractors, lenders and turbine original equipment manufacturers.
This international involvement in wind energy projects includes Africa. For example, we served as owner’s engineer on the development of the Tarfaya wind farm in Morocco, the largest on the continent adding 301MW of electricity to the country’s grid. Our services spanned the design review, construction and warranty phases of the project.
Tarfaya is one of a number of wind farms that will be built under the Moroccan government’s Integrated Wind Energy Project. Over a 10-year period, the country will invest MAD31.5 billion (USD3.24billion) into growing its energy generation capacity from 250MW in 2010 to 2 000MW by 2020. At present, Morocco is considered the leader in wind generation on the continent.
We also provided independent professional engineering support in the role of owner’s engineer on the Lüderitz wind farm project in Namibia, a country that intends growing this form of renewable energy generation capacity. Our services covered technical specifications, tendering process, design review, technical due diligence and the power-purchase agreement.
These achievements on the continent are complemented by South Africa’s efforts to introduce wind energy to its national grid. There are now more than 400 turbines generating green energy in the country, and more are being developed under REIPP. Under this programme, South Africa plans to install 8.4GW of wind power by 2030, complementing other initiatives, such as solar, biomass and mini-hydro projects.