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Clean power: International venture to invest in African energy sector

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International venture to invest in Sub-Saharan Africa. Pic credit: radio timisoara

On Monday, GE and state-owned Beijing-based Machinery company Sinomach, signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a clean power initiative, to double electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The MoU states that the joint venture will enhance cooperation for projects in Africa’s clean energy sector; jointly develop, invest and finance clean energy projects under the Power Africa initiative; and collaborate on the Kipeto Wind Power Project to build 102MW for Kenya’s national grid, PR Newswire reported.

Ren Hongbin, Chairman of Sinomach said: “Partnership with GE proves to be strategically valuable for our sustainable success in emerging markets like Africa. It clearly outlines a new formula for US-China collaboration in 3rd (sic) country markets.”

Kipeto Wind Power Project

The Kipeto Wind Power Project will be developed in the Kajiado county in Kenya, East Africa.

Once the power project reaches completion, it is expected to contribute 102MW of clean power to the region’s national power grid.

The wind farm will be installed with 47 GE 1.6-100 wind turbines and 16 GE 1.6-82.5 wind turbines (each with the capacity of 1.62MW).

As part of US President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative, the wind power project falls in line with the initiatives goal to facilitate the expansion of power access in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.