Germany's CUBEEngineeringis preparing bid documents for Libya's first large-scale wind farm project, located on the coast between Tobruk and Benghazi. Two tenders - one for the turbine supply and one for the 25-MW project's construction - are due to be issued by the end of November. The client is the General Electricity Company of Libya (Gecol).
CUBE has been conducting wind measurement tests and feasibility studies to ascertain the optimum location for the wind farm since it won the consultancy contract in 2001. The firm will also supervise the first year of the project's operation when it comes on stream, which is expected by the end of 2005. The planned wind farm is one of a number of renewable energy projects under way in North Africa (MEED 25:6:04; 18:6:04). Both Rabat and Tunis are planning wind farm projects on their coasts.