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Danish wind assistance opens up Ethiopian export ventures

Danish authorities will assist Ethiopia in developing its wind power with 5 GW going towards 2020. We are well positioned, says Danish firm Vestas, which is already in the process of negotiations in the country.

Last year, Ethiopia's largest wind farm Adama II of 153 MW started operationgs with Chinese Sany turbines. However, Danish turbines could become reality in the coming years of development. | Photo: Nikolaj Svensson

A new, large export market looks set to open up for the Danish wind industry. Denmark and Ethiopia have signed a strategic partnership for a new energy program, 'Accelerated Wind Power Generation in Ethiopia', which will support the African country's goal to expand its wind capacity from 324 MW to approximately 5.2 GW by 2020. The expansion is worth almost EUR 7.1 billion.

The partnership is primarily about exporting the Danish energy system. The Danish Energy Agency will station an energy consultant in the capital Addis Abeba and will also contribute expert knowledge in the development of a procurement system for large development projects for the Danish model for offshore wind.  While Energinet.dk will demonstrate how to create an electricity system with room for large amounts of wind energy.

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