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肯尼亚启动中国建造的50兆瓦太阳能发电厂

2019-12-16 14:49

 

内罗毕,12月14日(新华社)——周五,肯尼亚总统乌胡鲁·肯雅塔在东北部加里萨启动了一个50兆瓦的太阳能发电站,该电站是非洲最大的光伏发电站之一。


该项目由EPC承包商中国江西国际经济技术合作公司(CJIC)与肯尼亚农村能源局(REA)共同设计和建造。


这座太阳能发电厂使肯尼亚走上了实现绿色能源充足的道路,因为这个东非国家还经营着非洲大陆最大的风力发电场之一。


肯雅塔在启动仪式上说,这是一个位于非洲东部和中部的大型太阳能设施,为肯尼亚作为非洲绿色能源发电中心的丰富形象增添了色彩。


在启动仪式上,肯雅塔指出,这座靠近索马里边境的发电厂是政府广泛的可再生能源战略的一部分,该战略旨在从该国巨大的太阳能资源中获取400兆瓦的电力。


他宣布加里萨,以前依赖不稳定的火电,现在完全连接到国家电网。


肯雅塔还说,肯尼亚政府将继续在全国各地启动各种发展项目,帮助人民。


“我们希望分配给发展的资金流向正确的项目,而不是少数人的口袋。你们,人民,是我们的雇主,你们有权让我们作为领导人承担责任,确保你们的钱被正确使用。”


他说,政府热衷于缩小国家各地区之间的发展差距。


肯雅塔说:“我看到存在的差距正在缩小。“我们正在统一发展我们的国家,从莫耶尔到纳曼加,从蒙巴萨到维多利亚湖。”


REA首席执行官彼得·姆布瓜(Peter Mbugua)表示,该项目已于2018年11月投入使用,过去一年一直在发电。


“它占地210英亩,太阳能电池板占地120英亩,”姆布瓜说。


他指出,在施工期间,该公司为社区挖了一个洞,该项目雇用了大约600人。


“这个项目的第一批受益者是加里萨的人民。该县现在有了更稳定的权力,”他说。


姆布瓜说,这个项目是由肯尼亚和中国政府之间的协议资助的。设备和技术都来自中国。


“我们将在可再生能源领域做得更大,特别是通过与县县合作。我们已经完成了26个微型电网,主要在肯尼亚北部,只有两个在等待调试,”他说。


中集集团驻肯尼亚国家代表张健表示,该项目于2017年启动,并在一年内完成。


该项目的年发电量为10万兆瓦时。我很自豪的项目是成功地完成了,并拥有最先进的设备。我们希望它能在未来25年里为肯尼亚服务。”


张表示,该公司在项目期间培训了50名当地专家进行太阳能电池板的安装、操作和维修。


肯尼亚太阳能资源丰富,年可利用太阳辐射量大,太阳能发展前景广阔。


该项目正在满足肯尼亚7万户家庭(约35万人)的电力需求,相当于加里萨50%的人口。


加里萨当地的经济增长预计将得到新能源的推动,缓解环境压力。


肯尼亚多年来一直高度依赖水电,水电占该国电力供应结构的50%左右。在旱季,水力发电能力的制约已严重影响到国家的电力供应。


开发太阳能符合肯尼亚国家环保节能政策。

 

Aerial photo taken on Dec. 13, 2019 shows the 50 MW solar power farm in Garissa, Kenya. The plant, designed and built by the EPC contractor China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Co-operation (CJIC), in conjunction with Kenya's Rural Energy Authority (REA), is one of the largest photovoltaic electricity stations in Africa. (Xinhua/Xie Han)

NAIROBI, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday launched a 50 MW solar power farm located in Garissa, northeast region, with the plant being one of the largest photovoltaic electricity stations in Africa.

The project was designed and built by the EPC contractor China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Co-operation (CJIC), in conjunction with Kenya's Rural Energy Authority (REA).

The solar plant puts Kenya on the path of achieving green energy sufficiency as the east African nation also runs one of the largest wind farms in the continent.

The plant, which is a large solar energy installation in East and Central Africa, adds to Kenya's rich profile as the epicenter of green energy generation in Africa, Kenyatta said during the launch.

At the launch, Kenyatta noted the power plant which is near the border with Somalia is part of a broad government renewable energy strategy to harvest 400 MW of electricity from the country's vast solar resources.

He announced that Garissa, which was previously dependent on unstable thermal power, is now fully connected to the national power grid.

Kenyatta added his government will continue to initiate various development projects across the country to help the people.

"We want money allocated for development to go to the right projects but not the pockets of a few people. You, the people, are our employers and you have the right to hold us as leaders to account to make sure your money is used properly," said Kenyatta.

He said the government is keen on narrowing the development gap between regions of the country.

"I see that the gap that existed is being reduced," said Kenyatta. "We are developing our country uniformly from Moyale to Namanga from Mombasa to Lake Victoria."

Peter Mbugua, chief executive officer of REA, said the project was commissioned in November 2018, and has been generating power for the last year.

"It is occupying 210 acres and the solar panels sit on 120 acres," said Mbugua.

He noted that during construction, the firm dug a borehole for the community and the project employed about 600 people.

"The first beneficiaries of this project have been the people of Garissa. The county now has more stable power," he said.

Mbugua said that the project was funded through government to government agreement between Kenya and China. The equipment and technologies are from China.

"We are going to be bigger in renewable, especially by working with counties. We have done up to 26 mini grids mainly in Northern Kenya, only two are awaiting commissioning," he said.

Zhang Jian, country representative of CJIC in Kenya, said the project was started in 2017 and was completed in one year.

"The output for annual power supply from the project is 100,000 MWH. I am so proud the project was successfully completed and has state-of-art equipment. We are hopeful it will serve Kenya for the next 25 years," he added.

Zhang said the firm trained 50 local experts for the installation of solar panels, operation and repairs during the project.

Kenya is rich in solar energy with an annual usable amount of solar radiation and has a wide prospect of solar energy development.

The project is meeting power demand of 70,000 households (some 350,000 people) in Kenya, equivalent to some 50 percent of the population of Garissa.

Garissa's local economic growth is expected to receive a boost from the new power source, relieving environmental stress.

Kenya has over the years been highly dependent on hydropower, which shares about 50 percent of the power supply mix. In the dry season, the restriction of hydraulic power generation capacity has been seriously affecting the national power supply.

The developing of solar energy is in accordance with Kenya's national policies of environmental protection and energy-saving.

 

来自: xinhua