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Kenya gears-up for largest African wind project

Kenya gears-up for largest African wind project

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Published: September 2013
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Expected to be Africa’s biggest wind farm, Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) is expected to bring its 300MW project in Kenya on line during 2015, according to a report in ‘African Energy’. This project represents a significant part of the 510MW of wind energy that the Kenyan-state intends to commission over the next 40 months.

LTWP founder and owner Chris Staubo told African Energy that the turbines are expected to be erected at the rate of one a day. Staubo expects financial close in December 2013. ‘AfricanEnergy’ however notes that a crucial ancillary project is the construction of the 428km 400kV Loiyangalani-Suswa transmission line connecting the wind farm to the grid.

Spanish-firm Isolux Corsán was awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract, worth USD 185 millin for the line, although the firm requires confirmation of a partial risk guarantee from the African Development Bank before proceeding.

The project will cover some 40,000 acres.


Keith Wallace
for Energy-Market-Research.info

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