WorleyParsons has signed a 22-month engineering contract with Kipeto Energy Limited for the Kipeto Wind Power Project in Kenya.
The project is the second largest in the country after the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, which WorleyParsons provided the overall project management, engineering review and construction management services for.
“Our successful execution of the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project and the experience gained played a key role in WorleyParsons winning the Kipeto project,” said Project Director Tim Gaskell.
Located in the south west of Nairobi, the Kipeto project will include the construction of 60 GE wind turbines, and produce an additional 100 MW of renewable energy onto the Kenyan Grid. WorleyParsons’ ability to leverage on its global expertise combined with excellent in-country knowledge is an added advantage to ensuring the successful completion of this project.
The company’s strong focus on localization will contribute significantly to the Kenyan economy, creating job opportunities for approximately 1,000 locals. Continued employment will also be afforded to local contractors and some of the local personnel who were part of the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project team.
When asked what it means for the wind power industry, Gaskell said, “This project reinforces Kenya’s commitment to the wind power industry and adds to Kenya’s already strong renewable energy mix.”