As is well known, The Gambia is pursuing very ambitious goals with regard to the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement as well as the results of the COP26 event in Glasgow. The government wants to achieve that the entire population has access to electricity by 2025 and that the majority of this should come from renewable energy sources.
After NEK had concluded land lease contracts with a duration of 30 years for its wind projects in Ghana some time ago, the process of registering these contracts with the Lands Commission has recently started, for which this development step has not yet taken place. This requires extensive field work to determine the exact coordinates of the leased land.
The Ghanaian TV station TV3 has made a documentary about the energy situation in Ghana. NEK also has its say in the documentary. The presenter Miriam Osei-Agyemang talked in detail with Dr Christoph Kapp about NEK's wind farm projects in Ghana. The camera team was also in the field for the documentary and inspected the measuring masts of the Konikablo Wind Farm Project.
Apart from the ongoing wind energy developments which NEK is already undertaking at 5 different locations in Ghana, the company has now started another greenfield wind project development in that country. The project will be developed on a large and open area in the Ada-East District of the Greater Accra Region with a foreseen installed power of around 200 MW. The project is called Togbloku Wind Farm.
NEK has equipped its Ayitepa field office with independent power supply to ensure the workplace can be used without interruptions due to power outages, which occur during these times frequently in Ghana. NEK engineers designed and installed a system combining an 800 W wind turbine, 600 W of solar panels and a battery backup system.