Sudan is not a country that is typically associated with wind energy, but that’s about to change. Sudan has launched an ambitious project to enable utility-scale wind energy to be tied to the national grid and EWT is very proud to have been selected as the supplier for Sudan’s first wind power pilot project. This pilot project will create the case study for replication in later utility-scale wind farms that Sudan plans to develop in three regions: Dongola in the North, Nyala in the South and the Red Sea coastal region. Sudan has favorable wind power generating conditions, with wind speeds of up to 8 m/s in the Northern region.
This pilot project in Dongola is implemented by the Sudanese Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). UNDP helps build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. The project is financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) which makes funds available to developing countries and to countries with economies in transition, to meet the objectives of the international environmental conventions and agreements.
The contract is for the supply and installation of one DW54-900kW turbine. All civil and electrical balance of plant works will be carried out by local businesses. Construction of the plant is expected to be finished by January 2021.