Tanzania approves its first Wind Farm Project with EEP support

Windlab Limited and its local subsidiary Windlab Developments Tanzania Ltd has been awarded an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Certificate for the construction of the Miombo Hewani Wind Farm and Transmission line project, located in Southern Central Tanzania. Miombo Hewani has been approved for up to 300MW of capacity.

 Windlab’s ESIA certificate is the first one issued for a wind farm in Tanzania. Once operational, the wind farm will provide electricity for over one million Tanzanians over the minimum of 25 years of operation.  The wind farm will be built in phases; the first phase of the project is expected to be around 100MW and include up to 34 wind turbines as well as electrical infrastructure connecting the wind farm to national electricity grid at the Makambako substations. The first phase alone will bring up to US$300M of investment to the country. 

EEP Africa supported Windlab’s project from 2015 until 2017. The grant was aimed to carry out a complete feasibility study for the wind farm, allowing it to move to a bankable position over its course. In addition, EEP provided business development support to the project by selecting Windlab to participate in the EEP Investor Forum and by sharing lessons from the project on the EEP website.

EEP is delighted by the groundbreaking news about the successful completion and outcome of the feasibility study. The project is a breakthrough and will have a significant impact on the entire energy sector in Tanzania. The process to obtain the certificate was challenging due to many external factors and changes in the government regulations. Windlab has been working continuously on the project for the past three years in Tanzania. The project has required an immense amount of commitment, wide range expertise and persistence to achieve the current stage.