H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta Officially Inaugurates The 310MW Lake Turkana Wind Power Project

On Friday 19thJuly, 2019, H.E. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta officially inaugurated the 310MW Lake Turkana Wind Power project.

The joint ceremony for the inauguration of the wind farm and the commissioning of the 438km Loiyangalani-Suswa transmission line which connects the wind farm to the national grid was held at the wind farm site in Loiyangalani Sub-County, Marsabit County.

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Stanbic Bank Kenya Food Aid Hand Over

On 16th May 2019, LTWP’s Winds of Change (WoC) Foundation and Stanbic Bank Kenya flagged off a food aid donation headed to Laisamis, Marsabit County. WoC Director Felix Rottmann and Board Member Faith Munoru represented WoC at the flag-off ceremony while Stanbic Bank Kenya’s Chief Executive Officer Charles Mudiwa and Manager for Power and Infrastructure, Bernard Ngugi represented the Bank.

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WoC Partners with Mission to Heal to Provide Outreach Medical Services and Training

Between 10th April and 11th May 2019, the Winds of Change Foundation (WoC) partnered with an American non-governmental organization (NGO) – Mission to Heal (M2H) – to provide training to health care professionals and perform general surgical procedures on patients in five health centers across Laisamis Constituency.

During our partnership, the M2H team, led by Dr. Glen W. Geelhoed – the founder of the NGO – worked in five health centers in the area, namely Gatab Hospital, Loiyangalani Dispensary, Kurungu Dispensary, Burri-Aramia Dispensary and Laisamis Hospital. The team engaged with nurses and clinical officers based at the hospitals and dispensaries to screen patients and conduct general surgical and dental procedures. Through these weeklong interactions, the focus for the M2H team was to conduct much needed medical procedures among members of the community, while ensuring skill transfer to local medical practitioners.

Over the five week period, the M2H team, together with the local medical personnel, performed minor surgical procedures on 121 patients and conducted 36 dental procedures. A total of 16 nurses underwent training on basic surgical and dental procedures including caesarian section deliveries. This training is expected to reduce mortality from treatable conditions in the region and reduce mother and/or child mortality from birth complications.

Feedback received from community members, M2H personnel and LTWP colleagues has been extremely positive. According to WoC Field Program Officer Aaron Lesiantam, ‘this initiative has had a transformative impact on people’s lives, who otherwise would not have been able to access the medical services provided’.

For more information on M2H, please visit their website: https://missiontoheal.org/

Lake Turkana Wind Power Connected to the National Grid

Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) has been generating and supplying electricity in to the Kenyan national grid since September 2018, when construction of the 436km Loiyangalani – Suswa transmission line was completed by KETRACO. As of 1 December 2018, LTWP had generated 203,224,445 kwh of electricity.
The various elements that make up the Project have all been completed, namely:

• Construction of 365 Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs), with a capacity of 850kW each, for a total project installed capacity of 310 MW connected via a 33kV collection grid to the substation;
• Installation of 365 Step-up Transformers 0.69/33 kV per Unit;
• Construction of a sectionalized 33kV Substation, Step-up Power Transformers 33/220(400) kV;
• Installation of three Dynamic Reactive Power Compensation Systems (Statcoms);
• Installation of a SCADA System;
• Construction of the LTWP Accommodation Village, which houses 148 people;
• Construction and maintenance of 130km of internal access roads; and,
• Upgrading of 208km road from Laisamis to Sarima.

The successful completion of this project showcases Kenya as a safe and reliable investment destination that embraces large-scale private sector infrastructure investment and demonstrates a strong ability to implement successful public-private partnerships.

LTWP, together with its Shareholders and Lenders, thanks the Government of Kenya, KPLC, KETRACO, it’s contractors, the local communities and all its employees for their dedication and close collaboration, which combined has made our dream a reality.