Kenya’s Lake Turkana wind farm to bring up to 90 MW in 2016

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NAIROBI, July 1 (SeeNews) - Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, whose construction will begin on Thursday, will be ready to start supplying 50 MW to 90 MW as early as September 2016, once the transmission line is in place.

The chairman of the board at LTWP, Mugo Kibati, said Wednesday the single biggest energy investment in Marsabit County, northern Kenya, will boost the country’s power capacity by nearly 20%. The USD-720-million (EUR 646m) wind farm will have a total capacity of 310 MW.

“This project is a very significant for Kenya, with its huge associated transmission infrastructure likely to be used to connect future projects to the grid,” Kibati.

The project will comprise 365 wind turbines (each with a capacity of 850 kW), an associated overhead electric grid system and a high voltage substation. The development has attracted financial support from the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Standard Bank of South Africa, Nedbank, FMO, Proparco, East African Development Bank (EADB), PTA Bank, EKF, Triodos and DEG. The African Development Bank (AfDB) is the lead supporter.

Carlo Van Wageningen, the director of the project, said Loyangalani has a unique resource -- wind -- that is “consistent and predictable’’, pointing out that many places have wind but it is unpredictable and thus “expensive to harness and use’’.

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