The project site is
located in a sparsely populated area in the Ningo-Prampram
District, around 60 - 70 km east of Accra, both north of the
Accra-Aflao-Road and south of it towards the Golf of Guinea.
The river Sege forms the eastern boundary of the project site and the
river Mi flows through the western part of the area. The Konikablo
Wind Farm will be constructed over an area of approximately 10,000
acres. Due to its openness and flatness and little vegetation
roughness, this location offers good and steady wind conditions, a
simple road access, very little environmental constraints and also an
easy grid connection nearby.
The local authority
- the District Assembly -
expressed “no objection”
towards the implementation of the wind park to Upwind already in late 2013.
The final Environmental Permit
was issued by the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in
June, 2014. The Provisional
Generation and Wholesale Supply Licence of the Energy Commission was issued in favour of this project in 2016 and renewed late in 2017. In January 2016, the District Assembly Ningo-Prampram issued in our favour the final Building and Construction Permit for the wind farm, which was a mayor development step towards the fully permitting stage. The application for the Siting Permit has been handed-in to the Energy Commission late in 2017, and we expect issuance of the Siting Permit until July 2018, once some pending boundary issues will be clarified.
Based on the
Renewable Energy Act, 2011 (Act 832) and the approved feed-in-tariff
for wind projects in Ghana by the Public Utilities Regulatory
Commission (PURC) in 2016, Upwind Konikablo Ltd., our project company
in Ghana, will start negotiations with the Electricity Company of Ghana
(ECG) for a Power Purchase Agreement soon.
Konikablo Wind Farm will, once completely commissioned, have a
capacity of up to 200 MW and supply more than 400,000 MWh of
clean, affordable and reliable electrical energy per year, which is
produced locally, without need of any fuel.
It is scheduled that construction of the first phase of this project will commence in 2021.
We as Upwind are the pure holder of the project rights for this wind farm, which is developed by NEK Switzerland and NEK Ghana. However, we do not construct and operate the wind farm, that's why we are looking for potential project partners for this development.
More information about the Konikablo Wind Farm can be found soon under www.upwindkonikablo.com (this website is still under construction).