RECRUITMENT FRAUD NOTICE

Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) has recently been notified of ongoing fraudulent recruitments scam conducted by individuals claiming to represent LTWP. LTWP name and logo have been used on documentation without authority. The scam is false and has no connection to LTWP.

LTWP DO NOT charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing) or request information on applicant’s bank accounts.

Please note that ALL our job openings are posted on our website. If you applied for a position or received a notice for a position at LTWP and it does not appear on our website, please disregard it. We recommend that you do not respond to unsolicited offers of employments that do not appear on the official website of LTWP.

We therefore advise members of the public to beware of such conmen/fraudsters and to immediately report any such incidents to the nearest Police Station.

LTWP is committed to best practice and the principles of transparency and equal employment opportunities to all, when such opportunities arise, as enunciated in the Constitution of Kenya.

 

LTWP OPEN DAY: ELDERS, WOMEN AND YOUTH COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES VISIT WIND FARM

LTWP organises Open Days at the windfarm with the purpose to have a dedicated platform on which to engage with the local communities, in addition to the ongoing dialogue that takes place through the Community Liaison Officers and Advisors (CLO’s & CAs).

The attendees, most of whom are opinion leaders, committee members of various organisations and community representatives are given an opportunity to visit all areas of the wind farm and to have their questions and concerns addressed, in addition to discussing various community requests.

On 14 July 2021, LTWP welcomed 105 elders, women and youth representatives from the 9 locations of Laisamis and Nyiro. Of these, 14 were Chiefs and 7 National and County Government officials.

To make the event possible, LTWP provided transportation to and from the wind farm site.

Head of the EIB Regional Representation for East Africa visits LTWP offices in Karen – Shared her leadership journey with the LTWP Ladies.

 

After 6 years spent in Kenya as the Head of the EIB Regional Representation for East Africa, Catherine Collin’s posting came to an end on 30 June 2021 but before her exit, Catherine was gracious enough to accept our invitation to a Women Empowerment talk with LTWP female colleagues on 22 June 2021.

Catherine has experience of over 30 years in the financial sector acquired in commercial banks both in Europe and South Africa.

In her talks, she emphasized on the need for women to recognize, articulate, and act on their greatest strengths and address the barriers that undermine their efforts to build rewarding and sustainable careers. Women have become far more confident about what they bring to the table and have learnt through experience the value of female solidarity and support. As growing confidence based on demonstrated competence has increased women’s determination to reach their full potential, so has greater solidarity among them. “In my experience, this is one of the most dramatic shifts that has taken place over the past 30 years”. Catherine explained.

Further, the team discussed on how today women initiatives often play an integral role in a company’s talent strategy. Well-led global organizations now seek leaders who combine decisiveness with the ability to cultivate relationships broadly, motivate and inspire, collaborate and listen, communicate across all levels, and nurture others while excelling at their own jobs. Moreover, research has also shown that diverse teams make smarter decisions and are more effective.

Our take home for the day was that women who aspire to leadership also need to support other women to distinguish themselves and enhance their visibility, reputation, and networks. The upshot is that women have become openly and enthusiastically helpful to one another and are often highly invested in promoting one another’s careers hence encouraging workplace diversity.

LTWP Community Liaison team participates in a three – day training on Peace, Conflict Management and Reconciliation

Our team of Community Liaison Officers and Advisors participated in a training on Peace, Conflict Management and Reconciliation from the 3rd to the 7th of May 2021 conducted by The Kenya Institute of Social Work and Development.

This was a very good avenue where LTWP shows by example what should be done now and in future to enhance and encourage others to strengthen their will and endeavors to live together in harmony.

It is our hope that this training will provoke a new way of thinking and actions aimed at improving peacebuilding and conflict management within our area of operation. We are very proud of the creative ideas and strategies of our CLO team and their commitment to doing what is necessary to improve peacebuilding and conflict management. The CLOs put immense effort and dedication to this training, and it was a unique experience having been the first of its kind in the organization.

By fostering peace, we demonstrate positive change in and around the windfarm and we are hopeful that this exercise will bear many more fruits. We encourage views and input from our CLOs and CAs who represent LTWP within our area of influence and are impressed by what the team is doing in areas where tension exist in preventing any crisis, resolving conflicts and developing strategies for a more peaceful County.

Their objectives are always to mitigate the potential for conflict, enable conflicting parties to interact with one another peacefully and to reduce the likelihood of violent conflicts being rekindled through dialogue. It is therefore important that such dialogue be held in an atmosphere of mutual respect for each other’s opinion, a feat that sometimes proves to be very difficult, but our able CLOs have come out victorious in such instances.

We congratulate the team for successfully completing the training and are sure that they will continue to make positive contribution, no matter how small, towards enabling the understanding that peace is the main cornerstone of development and growth in every community. Individuals may have varied perceptions, beliefs and values but peace, however, unites all humankind.

 

LTWP achieves 75.8% capacity factor

March 2021 was a good month for us at LTWP, we achieved an average capacity factor of 75.8%, the highest in the 31 months that we have been in operation.

Capacity factor is a unitless measurement of how much electricity a generation plant is producing over a given period. It is a ratio of how much power the generator is producing, to how much power it would be producing at maximum.

According to our Chief Technical Officer, Wellington Otieno, the high-capacity factor was achievable owing to strong winds, and good maintenance of the wind farm.

“LTWP is situated in one of the best locations on the planet for onshore wind production. The high wind speeds brought about by the tunnel formed between Mt. Kulal and Mt. Nyiro mean our capacity factor is much higher than the rest of the world. Other factors such as the availability of the resource used for generation, and downtime of components for maintenance, or normal wear and tear leading to breakdown also come into play.” said Wellington.

A higher capacity factor means that we are supplying more renewable energy produced from wind to the Kenyan national grid, and reducing dependence on polluting and expensive diesel power.

LTWP staff gets enhanced health cover

Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) has unveiled a new wellness programme for its staff.

The programme, in a partnership with Liaison Group, Response-Med, and the National Organisation of Peer Educators (NOPE), will focus on the nutritional and physical health as well as the emotional, social and organisational wellness of the renewable energy firm’s 350 staff.

This will see the integration of medical insurance, remote site medical support, and a comprehensive wellness programme for the staff based in Marsabit County and the East African region. The programme is an upgrade on the firm’s medical insurance, services and physical well-being programme put in place two years ago.

LTWP Chief Finance Officer Ashish Chadda said the wellness component of the programme is an upshot of a baseline survey conducted by NOPE that revealed an increasing need for companies to factor in the mental health of their employees.

“In order to deliver our mandate of providing reliable, low-cost energy to Kenya, we must prioritise our workforce by eliminating the old approach of cost centred, curative medical schemes and embrace preventative, health and safety programmes that improve the wellness of workers in diverse job sites,” said Mr Chadda.

The health insurance component of the programme includes a medical policy that will cover the parents of the members of staff in addition to the spouse and children.

This will be piloted by the Insurance services administrator – the Liaison Group.

Liaison Group Chief Executive Tom Mulwa said through the initiative, they expect to realise benefits on the overall wellbeing of the workforce.

About Liaison Group (https://www.liaisongroup.net/)

Founded in 1981, Liaison Group is an independent Pan African non-banking financial services Organization that has been at the forefront of Risk and Insurance, Healthcare, Pensions and investments  Advisory. Through a comprehensive suite of service offerings, Liaison Group is wholly and exclusively engaged in supporting its clients in building and maintaining robust risk management and internal control structures.

About Response-Med (https://response-med.com/)

Response-Med’s management team has over 50 years’ experience in providing services to multi-nationals operating remotely in East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Today we operate across the extractives, renewable energy, tourism and infrastructure development industries.

About National Organisation of Peer Educators (https://nope.or.ke/)

NOPE’s health and social programs target vulnerable and marginalized populations in Kenya and the East Africa region. Key programmatic areas include advocacy, strategic behavioral communication with a focus on peer-led approaches, MNCH etc.

Ambassador of the Kingdom of The Netherlands to Kenya visits LTWP

The ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Kenya, H.E. Amb. Maarten Brouwer, took a tour of Lake Turkana Wind Power, Kenya’s largest wind farm, during a visit to Northern Kenya.

H.E Amb. Brouwer noted that LTWP is a visionary project that should inspire more investment in similar developmental initiatives. “It is impressive and well organised, a show that Dutch entrepreneurship can help to stimulate development,” said H.E. Amb. Brouwer.

The delegation from the Dutch Embassy was shown around the wind farm by Chief Technical Officer, Wellington Otieno, and Winds of Change Foundation Chairman, Willem Dolleman.

Lake Turkana Wind Power was funded in part by Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO), a Dutch development bank, and the European Investment Bank, and remains to date the single largest private investment in Kenya.

During the tour, H.E. Amb. Brouwer held meetings with the members of the communities living around the wind farm, and was informed about the community support activities being undertaken by LTWP’s foundation, Winds of Change. The delegation also paid a visit to the Gatab borehole, a project by Winds of Change Foundation.

H.E. Amb. Brouwer commended Winds of Change Foundation for the impact that the foundation is having on the local community through projects that enhance employability through education, access to water and access to healthcare.

LTWP celebrates International Women’s Day 2021

This year, LTWP joined the world in celebrating International Women’s Day by recognizing the women who choose to challenge the status quo by calling out gender bias and inequality, and providing additional tools for social, economic, cultural and political achievement.

Celebrations began on 5th March with a talk by HR Specialist, Lucy Woldu, who spoke to LTWP staff underscoring that empowering women is not about limiting men’s freedoms, but rather growing women’s capacity to contribute to society; after all, women make up nearly 50% of the population, and should be recognized and treated as vital to its success.

On Saturday 6th March, the women from LTWP’s Nairobi office were led through a walk and workshop at the Ngong Forest Sanctuary by Ingrid Kruiter, founder of and life coach at Open Hearth Coaching. The illuminating workshop was centered on Overcoming Limiting Beliefs.

To crown it all, on 8th March, LTWP held a virtual celebration with two speakers. Response-Med’s on-site Medic Eunice Kerubo, delivered a health talk that illustrated the importance of healthy women to a healthy society. Nthenya Macharia, a celebrated Image Consultant and Etiquette Master then gave a powerful talk on Personal Branding.

The day’s highlight was a jig by the LTWP ladies at both Marsabit and Nairobi offices.

Winds of Change Foundation hands over staff quarters and ablution block to Farakoren Primary School

The 10 staff members at Farakoren Primary School in Laisamis were, on Saturday 6th March, glad to receive the new staff quarters and ablution blocks built by Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) through the Winds of Change Foundation (WoC).

Speaking during the handing over, Lake Turkana Wind Power Site Manager, Henk Bosman, underscored the vital role that teachers play in communities, stating that he owes his success to his teachers. “Teachers are among the most important members of our community. They give children purpose, set them up for success as citizens of our world, and inspire in them a drive to do well and succeed in life. I’m also not an exception. I am a result of a teacher who patiently taught me what I needed to know.”

Sub-County Director of Education, Mamo Godana, echoed the sentiments shared by Farakoren Primary School Headteacher, Charles Lamatango, by thanking LTWP and WoC. He went on to urge the community to work together for the betterment of the community, especially school-aged children by allowing them to attend school.

Representing the views of the 240 pupils at the school, Farakoren Primary School’s Class 8 presented a moving song and dance that requested their parents to let them finish school and shun early marriage.

Kenya Association of Manufacturers pays courtesy visit to LTWP offices

The Kenya Association of Manufacturers paid a visit to LTWP offices where the two organisations held consultative talks about clean energy and the cost of doing business in Kenya.

Speaking during the visit, KAM CEO Phyllis Wakiaga, noted the vital role that LTWP is playing in promoting manufacturing, and reaffirmed the organisation’s commitment to developing a sustainable manufacturing sector. “The association remains committed to driving discourse on supporting our industrialisation agenda. We continue to support the development of an innovative, sustainable and competitive manufacturing sector,” said Wakiaga.

Renewable energy plays a crucial role in manufacturing reducing the cost of energy by decreasing dependence on expensive thermal sources, while simultaneously reducing the sector’s overall carbon footprint. LTWP has displaced more than 2.5million tonnes of carbon emissions to date.

LTWP CEO, Jon Zaidi, noted that LTWP’s mandate remains to provide clean energy to Kenyans, but the Kenyan taxation policy is creating a difficult business environment. “Our vision is to provide reliable, low-cost energy to Kenya’s national grid. However, our efforts continue to be hampered by the high cost of doing business in the country, attributed to Kenya’s fiscal and taxation policy,” said Zaidi.

LTWP is a key player in the Kenyan government’s commitment to scaling up electricity generation to 5,000MW and is a flagship project within the Vision 2030 program.  

About Kenya Association of Manufacturers (www.kam.co.ke)

Established in 1959, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) is a representative of manufacturing and value-add industries in Kenya. The Association has grown into a dynamic, vibrant, credible Association that unites industrialists and offers a common voice for businesses.

KAM has been front and centre in driving fact-based policy advocacy towards the formation of industrial policies to strengthen and support the country’s economic development. Through fact-based advocacy, KAM partners with Government and its associated agencies to ensure a dynamic and flourishing manufacturing sector in Kenya, to realize a double-digit contribution to GDP.