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.
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.
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.
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.Â 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.
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.
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
At the peak of the road construction, the project employed over 1,000 people.
LTWP have a dedicated project website, which can be accessed via the following link: https://www.ltwp.co.ke
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
All contractors on the project hire their local staff through the labour employment office.
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.
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