NEK receives the final Environmental Permit for its 280 MW Togbloku Wind Farm in Ghana
NEK carried out from 1999 onwards first wind measurements in the District of Ada East. Almost 25 years later and after a process lasting for more than two years, which began with an information campaign for the local population, the farmers involved and the landowners, NEK has now received from the Ghanaian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the final environmental permit for the wind farm.
This project has therefore cleared a major hurdle in the approval process, as the EPA permit is the central document for all other permits required for the construction and operation of the wind farm. It thus ensures that nothing stands in the way of the construction and operation of the wind farm from an environmental point of view and that at the same time, no other activities are permitted on the designated area that would disrupt or impair the operation of the wind farm.
The project already received several other required authorisations and permits and recently applied at Energy Commission for the Wholesale Electricity Supply Licence.
Togbloku will have an installed capacity of around 280 MW, depending on the type of turbine ultimately selected and is the largest wind project NEK is developing onshore in Ghana. The EPA permit allows hub heights of up to 185 m and rotor diameters of 182 m.
The wind farm will be linked to a new transformer station, where the network will be connected to the 330 kV line.
We expect that Togbloku will have received all remaining permits, including the Power Purchase Agreement, by the end of 2024, so that construction of the project can then begin in 2025. Thanks to the electricity produced with this project, at least part of the opening electricity supply gap in Ghana can be covered. The project also helps Ghana to meet its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement, COP26, COP27 and the commitments undersigned in Sharm El-Sheik in 2023.