Savannah Energy plans 250 MW wind farm in Niger

Savannah Energy, operator of some of the most prolific oil blocks in Niger, is currently planning to construct and operate the country’s first wind farm in its Tahoua Region. The project was subject to the execution of an agreement yesterday between Savannah Energy and the Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energies of the Republic of Niger.

The wind farm will be structured as an independent power producer (IPP) and is currently in feasibility study. It is expected to be sanctioned in 2023 for a potential commissioning in 2025.

Initial plans include the installation of 60 wind turbines with a total power generation capacity of up to 250 MW.

The project’s timeline notably seeks to align it with the development of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) that would facilitate the exchange of electricity between West African markets via a high voltage interconnection network. Niger is scheduled to be connected to the WAPP in 2023 via a 330 kV line financed by the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Union and the Agence française de Développement (AfD).

Subject to the planned feasibility study confirming the ultimate scale of the project, the Tarka wind farm could produce some 600 GWh a year. Its construction could also support 500 jobs, displace carbon emissions by 400,000 tonnes of CO2/year and help reduce the cost of electricity for Nigerien households and industries.

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