In order for the realisation, construction and operation of wind energy projects in Ghana to conform to the zones and comply with the applicable regulations, extensive planning and project development services must be provided for the respective projects, which serve as the basis for the corresponding rezoning. This also includes the involvement of the local population, landowners and farmers, who are informed and enlightened about all aspects of a wind farm project in various sessions and field visits to the relevant land.
As is well known, The Gambia is pursuing very ambitious goals with regard to the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement as well as the results of the COP26 event in Glasgow. The government wants to achieve that the entire population has access to electricity by 2025 and that the majority of this should come from renewable energy sources.
After NEK had concluded land lease contracts with a duration of 30 years for its wind projects in Ghana some time ago, the process of registering these contracts with the Lands Commission has recently started, for which this development step has not yet taken place. This requires extensive field work to determine the exact coordinates of the leased land.
Apart from the ongoing wind energy developments which NEK is already undertaking at 5 different locations in Ghana, the company has now started another greenfield wind project development in that country. The project will be developed on a large and open area in the Ada-East District of the Greater Accra Region with a foreseen installed power of around 200 MW. The project is called Togbloku Wind Farm.
On 9th of October 2020, the official customary rites performance took place for the wind farms Koluedor and Madavunu at the Lomobiawe family house in Sege.
The performance of the customary rites was supported by us as project developers because it is important to us that local traditions are respected when a project is implemented at a new site or in a new region. As our planned wind farms shall become an integral part of the socioeconomic structure of the Ada West region, it is important that local traditions are granted and therefore take an active role as part of our community engagement program in the region where we develop our wind farms in Ghana.