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Masdar Launches Wind Farm in Republic of Seychelles

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The Port Victoria Wind Farm delivers clean energy to more than 2,100 homes

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June 17, 2013 3:43 by



Abu Dhabi, UAE: June 17, 2013 – Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) today launched a 6-megawatt, eight-turbine wind farm in the Republic of Seychelles. The Port Victoria Wind Farm accounts for 8 percent of Mahé Island’s energy capacity – the main island of Seychelles – which is home to 90 percent of the country’s population. The clean energy generated by this project – the first renewable energy project in the Seychelles – will displace 5,500 tons of carbon dioxide annually, power more than 2,100 homes and save 1.6 million litres of fuel per year. The project was developed by Masdar and funded by ADFD.

Seychelles currently relies on expensive diesel generators to meet its electricity demand. With fuel accounting for 25 percent of the country’s total net imports, Seychelles is committed to diversifying its energy mix and reducing its reliance on fuel imports. Being an island country, with limited options to produce electricity, wind power generation presents a viable solution to meet a national target of 15 percent energy from renewable sources by 2030.

“Access to sustainable, clean sources of energy is vital to our long-term economic development,” said James Michel, president of the Republic of Seychelles. “The addition of wind power is a major step toward meeting our clean energy targets and reducing our dependency on imported sources of power. We look forward to further opportunities to assess our wind power potential and continue to diversify our energy mix.

“We are grateful to the support from the United Arab Emirates to fund, develop and deliver this wind power project,” added President Michel. “The 6-megawatt wind farm that has been successfully delivered by Masdar and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development will help us meet our rising demand for energy and also liberates budget to invest in economic and social growth opportunities.”

With the price of renewable energy technologies falling, wind and solar power are becoming economically viable solutions to improve energy security and access. Renewable energy is also a clean and sustainable alternative, which helps developing nations insulate themselves from volatile fuel prices.

“The Seychelles wind project is an example of how access to energy can serve as a pathway for economic development and social opportunity,” said H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE minister of state and CEO of Masdar. “In particular, for remote island nations, the integration of sustainable energy can deliver an immediate economic and tangible impact. Today, Seychelles can redirect fuel savings into investments in infrastructure development, social programs and to spurring economic growth.

“This project builds on Masdar’s commitment to demonstrating the economic and environmental advantages of renewable energy,” added H.E. Dr. Al Jaber. “With prices falling and new advancements in technology, renewable energy is reaching grid parity in many parts of the world. With energy demand expected to double by 2030 – putting a further strain on our natural resources – renewable energy is a viable solution to power future growth.”

The Port Victoria Wind Farm also represents an achievement in engineering. The project required Masdar to construct eight wind turbines, on two separate islands and connect the wind farm with 3 kilometers of subsea cables. In addition, Masdar used advanced turbines that can harness energy during low-to-medium wind speeds and which are resilient to corrosion from the salt and humidity of the ocean.

For more than 40 years, the United Arab Emirates has assisted developing countries promote economic development and social opportunity. Today, the acceleration and adoption of renewable energy is a core component of the UAE’s efforts to help countries grow, alleviate poverty and deliver basic services.

“The United Arab Emirates has been actively assisting developing countries to achieve economic growth and social opportunity through strategic aid and support programs,” said H.E. Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, acting director general of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development. “ADFD aims to achieve the UAE government‘s policy by working with the international community to enhance economic growth in developing countries by financing development projects.”

“ADFD focuses on vital sectors that are the cornerstone of growth and economic development, such as the renewable energy sector,” added H.E. Al Suwaidi. “Renewable energy is one of the most efficient and effective solutions for producing clean energy, which leads to more sustainable development.”

“The Port Victoria Wind Farm is a model for how renewable energy can benefit the country. Masdar has been instrumental in delivering the project efficiently,” said the ADFD acting director general.

Masdar is developing numerous other renewable energy projects to improve energy access in the developing world. Notable projects include:

  • A15-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, which accounts for 10 percent of the country’s energy capacity;
  • A project in Afghanistan will supply 600 residences with off-grid solar PV systems; and
  • A 500-kilowatt solar photovoltaic power plant on the island of Vava’u in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Photo Captions:

Seychelles_1_landscape: The Port Victoria Wind Farm in the Republic of Seychelles accounts for 8 percent of Mahé Island’s energy capacity – the main island of Seychelles.

Seychelles_2_front: Front Row Photo (R-L): Mr. Philippe Morin, Chief Executive Officer, Seychelles Public Utilities Corporation; H.E Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chief Executive Officer of Masdar; H.E Dr. James Alix Michel, President, Republic of Seychelles; H.E Mr. Danny Faure, Vice President, Republic of Seychelles; H.E Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development; H.E Mr. Vincent Meriton, Minister for Social Affairs, Community Development and Sports, Republic of Seychelles

Seychelles_3_group: H.E Dr. James Alix Michel, President, Republic of Seychelles, H.E Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, H.E Prof. Rolph Payet, Minister of Environment and Energy, H.E Mr. Danny Faure, Vice President, Republic of Seychelles, H.E Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development, Mr. Adil Al Hosani, Director of Operations Department, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and other dignitaries.attend opening ceremony of the 6MW Port Victoria Wind Farm in the Republic of Seychelles.

Seychelles_4_plaque: H.E Dr. James Alix Michel, President, Republic of Seychelles, H.E Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, and H.E Prof. Rolph Payet, Minister of  Environment and Energy in front of the inauguration plaque of the 6MW Port Victoria Wind Farm  in the Republic of Seychelles.

Seychelles_5_speech: H.E Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates and CEO of Masdar speaks at the inauguration of the Port Victoria Wind Farm in the Republic of Seychelles.

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About Masdar

Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company advancing the development, commercialisation and deployment of clean energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today’s fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future. Backed by the Mubadala Development Company PJSC, the strategic investment company of the government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the Emirate’s long-term vision for the future of energy.

 

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About Abu Dhabi Fund for Development

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) is a sovereign national institution formed by Abu Dhabi government. ADFD was established in 1971, to help financing development projects in developing countries by providing concessionary loans and other forms of financial assistance. Since its inception, ADFD has managed and financed more than 330 projects and benefiting sustainable economic growth in 62 countries worldwide.

 

For more information about Abu Dhabi Find for Development, please visit: www.adfd.ae



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