DNV GL certifies turbines at 120-MW Ethiopian wind farm

(SeeNews) - Jul 28, 2014 - Norwegian testing and advisory firm DNV GL AS said Friday it had issued safety and reliability certification for the turbines at the 120-MW Ashegoda wind farm in Ethiopia.

The certification means that the machines, made by French company Vergnet (EPA:ALVER), comply with DNV GL’s A-Design Assessment, which addresses safety, quality and engineering integrity. It also verifies that the turbines are compliant with standards concerning load assumptions and design, DNV GL‘s project manager for renewables certification Mersudin Bajric explained. Work on the twin-blade 1-MW machines took about two weeks.

The EUR-210-million (USD 282m) Ashegoda wind farm in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray was put on stream in October 2013. It was constructed by Vergnet through financing from French BNP Paribas (EPA:BNP) and the French Development Agency (AFD). The Ethiopian government funded 9% of the project’s cost.

Ethiopia aims to install 7 GW of wind power capacity by 2030.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.343)

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