Our response to COVID-19Thursday 2nd April 2020
While the situation in each country where we operate continues to change, our overarching priority is to support the health and safety of all Lekela employees. And to do this while continuing to provide clean, reliable power to our customers in African countries. We will also assist our local communities in their own response to the pandemic where there is an urgent need.
To achieve these things, we are being guided by official government advice in each country where we operate. We are also taking all recommended steps to ensure the highest possible standards of health and safety among our employees and on our sites.
Measures we have taken include:
- Lekela employees working from home wherever possible and continuing to adhere to the highest standards of hygiene
- Strict guidelines in place for employees still on-site at our wind farms which are in line with relevant government guidelines in each country
- Ensuring that the contractors we work with on our sites follow similar policies for their employees
Construction at our Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye (PETN) project in Senegal is progressing, with all turbines erected for the three phases ahead of schedule. Phase one is already providing power to the Senegalese grid and we are looking to bring further turbines online as quickly as we safely can to provide additional capacity for Senelec.
All major equipment required for the remainder of construction is in Senegal, but restrictions on travel imposed in the country will cause some disruption to immediate activities. Despite this, we do not anticipate major delays to the rest of the construction process. We are liaising with our site contractor, Vestas, on contingency plans regarding the construction process.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and are in continuous dialogue with our stakeholders.