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July 30, 2016

Today, the inauguration ceremony of the RPU in Nimjat, Mauritania took place. Nicholas Wrigley, CEO, was filmed and broadcasted by the national news explaining Winch's rural electrification plans in Mauritania. 

July 20, 2016

The experience has been amazing for all the team and at a practical level we have a long list of ‘do and don't’. In reality you have to assume that nothing can be found in the village or nearby. The nearest "town" to Nimjat is Tiguntt, which is 50 km away with a track...

July 19, 2016

The wind has dropped a bit today but we are still getting the odd strong gust. At least the sand storm seems to have abated. The team has got the panels up in a record time and it helps to start early, 8 am. The local team worked really well and we have only 18 panels...

July 18, 2016

We have some good things and some bad things to report to you today. The good bit is that the panels are going on as I write this. The bad bit is that it is blowing a gale and the guys are hanging for dear life. Sand is everywhere, in our phones, computers and every or...

July 17, 2016

Finally we have the RPU on her foundations - it looks really great. It's 8.15 pm and we have the base structures in place and we will continue for another couple of hours before falling into bed. 

The villagers are really excited about what we are doing already; the pub...

July 16, 2016

So, another day – still no luggage but it is surprising what you can do with soap and a natural drying climate!

Today we will begin to assemble the basic structure of the RPU. The construction team is a mixed bunch of Mauritanians, Senegalese, Ghanaians, Malians and Gam...

July 15, 2016

Today the team is going to inspect the RPU site to ensure that the local workers have got the cement foundations down so the RPU can get up and running tomorrow. Nimjat differs from other locations in this sense because we have to ensure that we have a solid base due t...

July 13, 2016

On their arrival the locals arranged a welcoming ceremony where they performed a traditional dance with swords. Our team was asked to give it a go but they decided that they’d probably be of more use if they had all their fingers intact. It is today that we have truly...

July 11, 2016

The RPU is set to arrive in Nimjat tomorrow, so it is now time to fly some of our team out there to help set it up. The group consists of Nicholas Wrigley (CEO), Rino Magazù (Chief Technical Officer), Leo Cavallaro (Construction Manager), Stefano Marsala (Electrical Ex...

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