Lake Turkana Wind Power gets go-ahead in Kenya
29 March 2011
Construction on the 300MW Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project in Kenya will start before the end of the year.
There have been setbacks in the development, but a letter of support has now been received from the Kenyan government.
It is hoped the scheme will be at full capacity by mid-2014 now that credit issues have been sorted.
In order to complete the programme, some 365 wind turbines - each with the capability to produce 850 KW - will be built at the remote region of Loiyangalani.
Chairman of LTWP, the body running the scheme, Carlo Van Wageningen told Reuters: "The letter of support from the government of Kenya will heavily boost our applications to our financiers. We are now keen on speedily working towards implementing this unique project."
LTWP is a subsidiary of KP&P - which is a Netherlands-based firm involved in setting up wind power projects - and claims once the development is completed it will satisfy up to 30 per cent of Kenya's current total installed energy.