September 19 (SeeNews) - Belgian renewable energy producer Elicio, along with its partners Kenwind and IFC, have received crucial support from local authorities to proceed with the development of a 90 MW wind farm, the Ecofin news agency reports.
Deputy governor Eric Mugo said, as quoted by the agency, that all necessary consulting has been done and the developers have already paid a total of KES 9.1 million in compensations to 26 local farmers whose lands fall within the scope of the wind farm site.
IFC, the private sector investment arm of the World Bank, agreed to back the investment, valued at KES 20 billion (USD 197m/ EUR 179m) in 2013 when the project developer was Belgian Electrawinds.
Following the financial troubles of Electrawinds, Elicio NV acquired the project and is now the lead developer for this site, located at the Baharini area in Mpeketoni, some 20 kilometres from the site of the proposed Lamu port.
According to development plans the wind farm will consist of 36 to 45 turbines with a nameplate capacity of between 1.8 MW to 3 MW, depending on the type used.
The project, whose development started in 2011, has received planning permission last year.
(KES 100 = USD 0.987/EUR 0.897)