Construction Details

 

A first phase of the project can be realized within a time period of just a few months. Given the scale of the project, the completion of the total 225 MW can however take up to 1.5 years. 

The project developers are establishing a communication programme guaranteeing that stakeholders and in particular the population living in the vicinity to the wind farm are regularly informed about on-going work. Different communication channels such as information events, radio broadcasting, distribution of newsletters and announcements on the project website are also in place.

o1

Roads, foundation and cabling

Starting work will be in road construction. In order to transport the heavy wind turbine components to the turbine locations, roads suitable for high traffic loads will be built and existing roads and junctions upgraded. Those roads will remain for future public use and after the construction phase of the wind farm, they will be available to everyone. As soon as the first roads are completed, the building of the excavation work at the turbine sites can start. A solid concrete foundation will serve as grounding for the wind turbines. Underground cables to conduct the electricity into the grid will be buried below ground next to the streets and covered with compacted soil.

o2

Collector and Transmission Substation

Within the wind park perimeter, there will be a collector-substation, where the underground cables of the turbines come together and from where the clean electricity will be guided with overhead lines to the new transmission-substation in proximity to the existing 330 kV powerline of the West African Power Pool (WAPP). At the transmission-substation, the electricity produced by the wind turbines is fed into the National Interconnected Transmission Grid (NITS).

o3

Turbine mounting

As there are no production companies of wind turbines in Ghana, turbines will be acquired from a reputable producer overseas. All parts, including the huge tower pieces and the blades (length up to 75 m resp. 245 ft.), will be shipped to Tema and from there transported with special vehicles to the wind farm site at Ayitepa.


Job Creation

During construction work, more than 500 jobs will be created. Whereever possible, people from the surrounding villages shall be employed. Only where it is not possible to find a specific skilled person, we will recruit from elsewhere.

Later on for operation or maintenance, more than 50 people will be employed. Some of the youth who are engineering orientated shall be trained alongside to take up maintenance duties. Further job opportunities during the operational phase include the positions of security guards and other jobs.

© 2015 - 2019 Upwind Ayitepa