July 19 (Renewables Now) - Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta is inaugurating today the 310-MW Lake Turkana Wind Power plant (LTWP) in the country’s Marsabit Country, the LTWP management announced Thursday.
The wind farm delivered first power to the grid in September 2018 long after the last of 365 Vestas V52-850 kW wind turbines was erected. Its commissioning was delayed due to the protracted construction of the 428-km (266-mile) transmission link to the power grid.
The wind farm finally reached full commercial operation in March 2019.
The sprawling complex, located 600 kilometres from Nairobi, required an investment of KES 70 billion (USD 678.2m/EUR 603.5m). It can now generate enough power for about 330,000 local homes contributing to 15% of Kenya’s total power production.
(KES 100 = USD 0.97/EUR 0.86)