800bn/- wind power project gains momentum

Zanzibar Sh800 billion wind power project is gaining momentum following developers recent visit to the potential locations for the wind farms at Makunduchi, Bambi and Matemwe villages.

The project is expected to take off after the signing of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPAs) between Dubai based company Aseel Oilfield Services Limited (AOSL) and the Isles Ministry of Water, Energy and Minerals.

The visited sites by AOSL and Sany Renewable Energy Company follow the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in July this year between the developers and the Zanzibar government for the development of the project.

Sany Renewable Energy Company’s Country Manager, Hebren James, said the project which is expected to produce 20MW to 200 MW of electricity signifies a significant leap forward in the goal of diversifying the energy mix and achieving a greener future.

He said the partnership with AOSL is an important step in supporting and strengthening the economic growth of Tanzania.

This partnership results from the MoU signed between Aseel Oilfield Services Limited and the government of Zanzibar in July as one of the leading wind turbine manufacturers globally and SREC boasts of an annual capacity in excess of 4 GW,” he added.

He noted that the project is expected to be completed in 18 months and will contribute significantly to the electricity needs of Zanzibar.

During its visits, the team also engaged in fruitful discussions with the Principal Secretary, Joseph Kilangi along with the directors, senior technical team and engineers at the Ministry of Water, Energy and Minerals to present their findings.

 Aseel Group of Companies officials included Iman Al-Jabry, who is the group Chairperson and Saeed Al-Jabry, the group Managing Director.

“These deliberations focused on exploring innovative solutions and strategies to facilitate the seamless implementation of the wind farm project,” said Kilangi.

On his remarks, Shaib Hassan Kaduara, the Minister of Water, Energy and Minerals, expressed appreciation for the unwavering commitment demonstrated by AOSIL and SREC in their pursuit of renewable energy ventures in Zanzibar.

The Minister emphasised the significance of diversifying the energy mix and reducing reliance on fossil fuels, particularly in a region blessed with abundant wind resources.

He extended gratitude for the collaborative efforts put forth by both the private sector and government entities in driving sustainable development and fast-tracking the transformation of Zanzibar’s energy landscape.

The partnership between AOSIL, Sany Renewable Energy Company and the Government of Zanzibar holds immense promise for fostering sustainable energy growth on the islands.

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