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Lekela's wind project in Senegal starts generating power

Lekela Power BV on Dec. 12 announced that the first power generated by the Parc Eolien Taiba N'Diaye wind project has flowed onto Senegal's national power grid.

Final turbines for the project are scheduled to be installed by the end of 2019. Once the project is fully completed in 2020, the wind facility will have a capacity of 158.7 MW and will consist of 46 Vestas Wind Systems A/S turbines.

The wind farm will raise the generation capacity of Senegal by 15%, serving the West African country for more than 20 years, according to a news release.

Lekela also announced the financial close of its 250-MW West Bakr wind project in Egypt. The wind project will generate more than 1,000 GWh of power per year for the grid when it becomes fully operational, slated to occur by 2021.

The company is a joint venture between Irish developer Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd. and U.K. private equity investor Actis.