28 February 2013, Nairobi, Kenya: Today, Willem Dolleman of Lake Turkana Wind Power Project (LTWP) signed the Letter of Support alongside the Government of Kenya, represented by Permanent Secretary Joseph K. Kinyua of the the Ministry of Finance and the Permanent Secretary Patrick Nyoike of the Ministry of Energy. Also present was the off-taker Kenya Power & Lighting represented by the Managing Director and CEO Engineer Joseph K. Njoroge. The Letter enshrines the commitment of the Government of Kenya to support LTWP and will now enable the project to enter the final phase of financing. The wind project, which will be the largest single private investment in Kenya’s history, amounting to Ksh 70 billion (600 million) has the additional backing from the African Development Bank, Kenya Power and Vision 2030.
The LTWP consortium comprising of Aldwych International, KP&P Africa, Industrial Fund for Developing Countries (IFU), Wind Power A.S. (Vestas) and Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund) are now confident that they will start construction later this year.
The LTWP project has been under private development since 2005 and that is in itself a remarkable testimony to the stability and soundness of the Kenyan electricity sector as well as the environment for Independent Power Producer (IPP), said Carlo Van Wageningen, Chairman, LTWP. We are delighted that this project will move forward with the continued support of the Government of Kenya, Kenya Power, the African Development Bank, and the numerous other partners.
The project aims to provide 300MW of reliable, low cost wind power to the Kenya national grid, equivalent to approximately 20% of the current installed electricity generating capacity. The wind farm site, covering 40,000 acres (162km2), is located in Loyangalani District, Marsabit West County, in north-eastern Kenya, approximately 50km north of South Horr Township.
In addition to providing reliable cost effective power the project will bring numerous macroeconomic, community and social benefits for the region, which is one of the poorest regions in Kenya, added Van Wageningen.
The Project will comprise 365 wind turbines (each with a capacity of 850 kW), the associated overhead electric grid collection system and a high voltage substation. The Project also includes upgrading of the existing road from Laisamis to the wind farm site, which is partly financed by the Dutch Government and is a distance of approximately 204km. The Project will also build an access road network in and around the site for construction, operations and maintenance. The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (Ketraco), with concessional funding from the Spanish Government, is constructing a double circuit 400kv, 428km transmission line to deliver the LTWP electricity along with power from other future plants to the national grid.