FAQ

How much land is being utilised by Lake Turkana Wind Power Ltd?

The entire concession area is 150,000 acres. However, the actual project site covers 40,000 acres. Out of these 40,000 acres, 87.5 acres will have physical structures. The remaining land will primarily be used as livestock grazing grounds by the local nomadic population and serve as a buffer zone to ensure free flow of wind to the turbines.

How is the community around Lake Turkana Wind Power project benefiting from the project?

One of the largest benefits to the community around the Lake Turkana Wind power project has been the upgrading of the USD 36 million, 207km, C77 public road from Laisamis to Sarima. This has opened up the area, reducing travel times to Loiyangalani and Laisamis and allowing easier access to Lake Turkana.

 

LTWP, through its Winds of Change Foundation (WoC), has also committed to several community initiatives aimed at uplifting the socio-economic welfare of the Project affected persons and communities. The current focus of WoC is on enhancing employability through education and vocational training, supporting health services provision and water supply as a step towards developing livelihoods.

What projects have been set up for the community?

To date, LTWP, through WoC, has installed a solar powered reverse osmosis system in Sarima village, provided water from 5 boreholes to the communities from Laisamis to Sarima, and built several watering troughs.

 

WoC has is also working to improve health services in the area by supplying equipment to Burri-Aramia dispensary. A road safety campaign along the Laisamis-Sarima road, which has been upgraded by LTWP, is also currently underway. The local community is fully involved in the implementation of the above activities.

What are the other additional initiatives for the community?

With the anticipated influx of people due to the availability of jobs and movement within and around the project areas, WoC has launched an intensive 3-month HIV/AIDS education, testing and public health awareness campaign in January 2014. This has been followed up with a 12 month HIV awareness, prevention and testing campaign that started in January 2016.

 

In relation to education, WoC has so far supported a total of 23 schools, including provision of teaching materials in schools. In some areas, LTWP has contracted local suppliers to provide desks for the students as well as refurbish some classrooms. To date, LTWP has provided 500 desks to schools in South Horr, Arge, Mercy, Namarei, Gangeisa and other parts of Laisamis constituency.

 

WoC is in discussions with the Marsabit South Technical Institute to determine the nature and type of investments it can make to support development of vocational skills in Laisamis constituency. This is expected to boost tertiary education in the area as well as enhance employability, particularly for the youth and women. This project will be launched during the operational phase of the wind farm. Expansion of Sarima School (currently underway), and construction of facilities at Nyiro boys and Girls School will be the key focus areas for the education pillar in early 2016.

 

WoC is also upgrading Administration police quarters and extending the existing police office in Loiyangalani, which will go a long way in boosting the security in the area. Construction of the Administration police quarters is scheduled for completion in February 2016.

 

WoC is also planning to set up a scholarship fund for secondary and vocational education in the area during operation of the wind farm.

Is the community going to benefit from the electricity that will be generated from this power project?

The local communities will benefit from the already agreed carbon credit revenue sharing plan with the Ministry of Energy, which will be a source of funds for developing the local area. The electricity from the project will go into the national grid after which the national power distributor, Kenya Power & lighting will handle it through the rural electrification initiative.

How many people are employed on the Project?

As at the end of February 2016, a total of 545 members of the local community were employed by the Project. These employees where recruited through our labour offices. Our labour offices are currently in Loyiangalani and at the LTWP Village, Marsabit. Recruitment is supported by the local community leaders to ensure equitable distribution among the community members in the project area. LTWP is one of the largest employers in Laisamis constituency.

 

Currently, the distribution is as shown below

 

AREA LOIYANGALANI SOUTH-HORR MT -KULAL KARGI SARIMA OTHERS TOTAL
TOTAL 130 159 118 46 92 79 624

 

At the peak of the road construction, the project employed over 1,000 people.

Where can I get more information about the Project?

LTWP have a dedicated project website, which can be accessed via the following link: https://www.ltwp.co.ke

 

 

The project has promised us jobs. What should I do if I would like to be employed by the project?

The project will use local labour and local businesses wherever possible. For this purpose LTWP has a local employment office in Loiyangalani and on site at the LTWP Village, Marsabit County.

Those interested in applying for a job on the project can contact us at Lake Turkana Wind Power Ltd, P.O Box 2114 – 00502, Nairobi or send an email to employment@ltwp.co.ke

All contractors on the project hire their local staff through the labour employment office.

 

Who should we contact in case of grievances?

The project has set up a grievance mechanism that deals with claims from affected communities. In such cases the individual or group can contact the local Community Liaison Officer (CLO). The CLO will then proceed with registering and investigate the claim.

You can also send an email to :

complaints@ltwp.co.ke

 

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ENHANCING EMPLOYABILITY

 

This pillar focuses on access to education and development of skills for the labor market. In 2015, WoC provided books and pens to 18 primary schools. WOC also distributed 500 desks to 23 primary in South Horr, Arge, Mercy, Namarei, El Molo bay and other parts of Laisamis constituency.

 

WoC has identified the extension of Sarima School, the construction of facilities at Nyiro boys and Nyiro Girls School as key focus areas for the education pillar in 2016. WoC will also continue to support the provision of teaching materials to local primary schools.

 

WoC is in discussions with the Marsabit South Technical Institute to determine the nature and type of investments it can make to support development of vocational skills in Laisamis. This is expected to boost tertiary education as well as enhance future employability in the area. This project will be launched during the operational phase of the wind farm.

 

WoC is also planning to set up a scholarship fund for secondary and vocational education in the area.

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ENHANCING ACCESS TO HEALTH

 

The expansive but sparsely populated project area, coupled with years of under-investment in the sector has resulted in limited access to health services by the local communities. WoC support to health focusses on enhancing access to health services by upgrading physical infrastructure and during operation of the windfarm, partnering with stakeholders to support targeted outreach programs.

 

WoC has supported the improvement of health facilities at Burri-Aramia dispensary (solar lighting, vaccine freezer, shelving for medical supplies and furniture including examination ward and delivery beds and patient toilets among other items.)

 

WoC has also contracted a local organization – Community Empowerment Development Initiative Marsabit (CEDIM) to undertake HIV/AIDS sensitization campaigns. CEDIM has trained 17 Community Health Workers (CHWs) and attached them to existing government run health facilities to sensitize and educate the local population on matters around HIV/AIDS. In2015, WoC carried out a three-month HIV/AIDS awareness and testing campaign in around the wind farm site.

 

In future, WoC plans to support Marsabit County in the upgrading of facilities at Laisamis health centre and other health centres in the area.

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PROVIDING WATER

 

Due to the arid nature of Marsabit, water is a scarce commodity. LTWP has spearheaded the rehabilitation of several water boreholes and water supply points. The water points that have been rehabilitated include; Arge, Laga el fereji, Namarei, Kutider-Korr, Gatab III and El Molo.

 

WoC has installed a solar driven reverse osmosis system in Sarima village. In addition, WoC has built watering troughs in different parts of the constituency, to ease provision of water to livestock. There were no reported livestock deaths due to droughts in 2015 following construction of watering troughs in the dry season grazing area around Gatab.

 

WoC has also installed solar driven pumps to rehabilitated boreholes that had pump problems. On completion of the LTWP’s construction phase, 11 boreholes will be handed over to the community.

 

In 2016 WoC plans to build a 100,000 litre storage tank at Gatab III to ensure that there is adequate supply of water to the community and their livestock during periods of drought. WoC will also lay a 7-km water pipeline in Arge, to bring potable water to two villages of over 3,000 people in Arge.

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OTHER COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

 

WoC has rolled out a road safety campaign along the recently upgraded C77 public road between Laisamis and Sarima. CEDIM is the local partner implementing this activity, and they have already recruited and trained 12 people from centers and villages along the Laisamis-Sarima road to act as road safety educators.

 

In support of peaceful and secure communities, WoC has built accommodation for the Administration Police and extended the existing Police office in Loiyangalani.

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