Lake Turkana wind farm advances on schedule

Lake Turkana wind farm in Kenya, Sept 22, 2016

October 21 (SeeNews) -  The Lake Turkana wind power project has  installed 155 of its 365 turbines in the past six months, right on schedule, the developer's general manager Phylip Leferink told local media this week.

The Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project will use a total of 365  V52-850 kW turbines, capable of generating over 1,400 GWh together. Power will be supplied to the grid through a 428-km publicly owned transmission line.

The developer is hoping to connect the first 90 MW to the grid and start generating electricity in the second quarter of 2017.

If the current pace of installation is kept, the whole project could be up and running by the end of next year.

The electricity output has been contracted at a price of KES 8.6 (USD 0.084 /EUR ) under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Kenya Power.

Vestas (CPH:VWS) is expected to sell its 12.5% stake in the project to Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) once the whole park is completed next year.

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