Diaz Wind Farm

WSP, Africa has played a pivotal role in bringing about the development of the Diaz Wind Farm in Namibia. The wind farm aims to bring an additional 44MW to Namibia’s national grid, which will also alleviate some of the pressure on the Southern African grid.


Location

  • Luderitz, Namibia

Sector

Service

  • Advisory Services
  • Power Generation
  • Sustainability, Energy and Climate Control
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Client

  • United Africa Group and Quantum Power

Project Value

  • USD 150 million

Project Status

  • Completed in 2016

Developed by Diaz Wind Power, and a joint venture between the United Africa Group and Quantum Power, the wind farm will be located in Lüderitz, a harbour town in southwest Namibia that lies on what is known as one of the least hospitable coasts in Africa. The Diaz Wind Farm will also be the country’s first clean energy project and a major step to harness the full potential of wind resources for the country.

 

Current Capacity
44 MW
Projected Capacity
90 MW
Wind speed
10 m/s

WSP in Africa served as the technical advisory to Diaz Wind Power for the development of the wind farm, where the consulting company’s Power team of experts were involved in preparing the minimum functional specifications and tender documents for the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractor, as well as the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) agreement at the start of the project. Thereafter, the team was responsible for reviewing and evaluating the EPC contract and O&M agreement proposals, to optimise on and finalise them with the nominated contractors for this project.

Both Lüderitz and Walvis Bay, an important deep water harbour town north of Lüderitz, experience wind speeds of about 7m/s. Measurements at 85.7m high, undertaken in Lüderitz, have predicted a yearly wind speed average reaching 10m/s, with a stable wind direction. A grid study shows that the capacity on the connecting grid infrastructure is up to 90 MW, which means that the project’s capacity could be increased at the earliest opportunity.