DNV GL passes Ethiopia turbines

Certification group DNV GL has run the rule over the Vergnet wind turbines being used at the Ashegoda plant in Ethiopia.

DNV GL said the 1MW, twin-bladed turbines from the French manufacturer conform to its A-Design Assessment.

The assessment came after DNV GL helped with considerable “organisational and technical challenges” at the 120MW wind farm, which sits up to 2.5km above sea level.

“Ethiopia has basic infrastructures with a national electrical grid that is still in build-up phase [and] Ashegoda is situated in complex terrain,” said Vergnet.

The wind farm will help mitigate power outages in Ethiopia, which DNV GL said has some of the best wind resources in the world and a national plan to develop 7GW by 2030.