Wind power in Djibouti: Chinese firm to construct first wind farn

Djibouti’s Energy Minister in charge of Natural Resources Ali Yacoub Mahmoud and the vice- president of Shanghai Electric group Chen Shuyu, on Tuesday signed an agreement for the construction of a 60 MW wind power, the first of its kind in Djibouti.The project whose feasibility study was done by Djibouti Electricity Authority, will be constructed in two phases of 30 MW each.

The project will also include the construction of two electric lines with a 230 KV capacity in northern Djibouti.

The Djiboutian minister expressed optimism for the success of the project which, he said, came at the opportune time to support his country’s ambitions of becoming a regional and commercial hub.

“This new project is also in line with our national strategy of achieving energy independence, while also guaranteeing clean, cheap and accessible energy across the national territory,” he added.

While hailing the economic and commercial partnership between China and Djibouti, Ali Yacoub recalled that his ministry had already signed with Shanghai Electric another large scale project in 2013 for construction of an electric line linking Djibouti to Ethiopia.