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The first phase of the wind farm at Plaine des Roches will involve 11 turbines generating 9,35MW

On Tuesday, the government of Mauritius released a statement confirming that the new wind farm at Plaine des Roches will be operational by January 2016.

The first phase will produce 9,35MW of power, utilising 11 turbines.

The announcement follows after a recent visit to the farm by minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Ivan Collendavelloo.

Collendavelloo visited the wind farm to evaluate the progress of work for the installation of the wind turbines.

According to the release, Eole Plaine des Roches will be in charge of the wind power plant for 20 years and the power produced will be sold to the public utility, Central Electricity Board (CEB), and fully injected into the national network.

Collendavelloo noted that the first phase of the project  involved 11 wind turbines which will generate 9,35MW of power and is expected to supply approximately 10,150 people.

The Rs800 million ($12 million)  project, which is at a pilot stage, might see an additional ten wind turbines added in the second phase, he said.

He expressed satisfaction that works are progressing fast and that by the end of the month, the wind farm will be connected to the CEB network, the release stated.

Wind farm meets objectives

Eole Plaine des Roches CEO Cyril Oudin, is optimistic that the second phase of the project will soon materialise with a total production of 14,5GWh of electricity every year.

According to the CEB general manager, Gérard Hébrad, the setting up of the wind farm is in line with the policy of the utility to accommodate renewable energy facilities.

He added that wind farm will enable CEB meet its objective of 35% of renewable energy by 2015.