Cape Verde: Installation of wind farms increases electricity production

13 February 2009

Praia, Cape Verde, 13 Feb – The government of Cape Verde, in partnership with infrastructure development company InfraCo, plans to increase energy production in the country by setting up four wind farms, the director-general for Energy, Abraão Lopes, said in Praia.

Cited by Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress, Lopes said that the farms, which represent an investment of 50 million euros, will be set up on the islands of Santiago, Sal, Boavista and Sao Vicente, and will have capacity to generate 28 megawatts.

“The project is being carried our in its entirety by the Government and its partner. The tender has been launched and all technical studies and prelimiary conditions for its implementation carried out,” said Lopes.

At the moment, the contract phase for supply of machines and installation was underway, Lopes said, adding that so far four proposals had been received from international companies, with which Cape Verde is negotiating.

Meanwhile the director-general for Energy has said the next step is to identify a partner to manage the park as, according to him, neither the State nor state electricity company Electra will manage this company.

InfraCo is a company that develops infrastructures with funding from donors, acting as an “honest intermediary” and balancing the interests of government, national and international private companies and providers of funding.

InfraCo’s capital is obtained via subscriptions from members of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), which currently is made up of the development agencies of Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the World Bank. (macauhub)