DILI, 10 october 2023 (TATOLI) – Electricity of Timor-Leste (EDTL) in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) identified Lariguto in Viqueuqe municipality has great potential for wind energy.
The head of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Timor-Leste, David Freedman said that according to the report of Scaling Wind Phase, Lariguto is the chosen location for the implementation of the 50MW wind power project.
“It has been identified that four locations have the highest potential for the development of the project, including Lariguto. Meanwhile, the other three locations are Oeleu in Bobonaro, Lequidoe in Aileu, and another site in Baucau,” Freedman made the comments during the presentation of the Scaling Wind Phase report, at Hotel Timor, in Dili.
The project, which is expected to produce 50 megawatts (MW) of power, is part of the government’s alternative energy resources.
“Unlike Baucau and Lequidoe in Aileu, Lariguto has been identified as a suitable site for the wind energy project, as there appear to be no environmental and social risks,” he said. “While the Oeleu-Bobonaro site has less economic viability than Lariguto and other sites.”
There are some crucial steps to be taken in preparation for the implementation of the Lariguto Wind Energy Project.
Minister of Planning and Strategic Investment, Gastão Francisco de Sousa extended his appreciation to EDTL and the IFC for carrying out the studies to support the government’s initiatives towards alternative energy resources.
Minister Sousa said that the study is a good start to support the government’s initiatives on renewable and clean energy, adding that more studies should be carried out in the future to identify other areas with high potential for wind energy.
The implementation of the Scaling Wind Program was financed by the IFC with technical support from EDTL.
Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá
Editor: Filomino Martins