Construction starts at €625m Lake Turkana wind power project in Kenya

3 November 2014 (Last Updated November 3rd, 2014 18:30)

Kenya has started construction on the €625m Lake Turkana wind power (LTWP) project, which aims to generate 310MW power and is the largest wind power project in Africa.

Kenya has started construction on the €625m Lake Turkana wind power (LTWP) project, which aims to generate 310MW power and is the largest wind power project in Africa.

Located along the south-eastern shore of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, LTWP will be equipped with 365 of V52-850kW wind turbine generator models from the Danish wind manufacturer, Vestas.

Kenyan national grid company Ketraco is responsible for construction of the 450km transmission line for the project, which will connect the outskirts of Nairobi to Loyangalani.

"Once operational, LTWP will provide approximately 15% of total power generation in Kenya."

UK-based Mott MacDonald, which claims to be the lenders’ technical advisor for LTWP, will monitor construction and operations of the wind farm. The firmw ill also offer environment and social monitoring for the transmission line.

The project is the largest ever private investment for Kenya and is expected to power the nearby rural areas, once it becomes operational. The construction for the farm is likely to be completed by early 2017.

Mott MacDonald project manager Matthias Vinard said: "Once operational, LTWP will provide approximately 15% of total power generation in Kenya, equivalent to approximately 330,000 households."

Mott MacDonald claims that it was also involved in the project during its financing stage and had conducted technical, environmental and social monitoring.

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