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.
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/
The Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, through its Winds of Change Foundation, has constructed and handed over a science laboratory to Korole Boys Secondary School.
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.
Together with its partners Terre des Hommes & DEG, LTWP’s Winds of Change Foundation (WoC) drilled and solar-equipped a borehole at Ntil.
Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) is delighted to announce that it has been notified by Kenya Power (KPLC) that KETRACO has informed KPLC that testing on one-circuit of the 428KM Loiyangalani – Suswa 220/400Kv transmission line and 400/33Kv sub-station will be completed this week. Accordingly, LTWP will commence the plant operation tests and commissioning of the wind-farm and begin to generate electricity for supply into the national grid in the coming days. We look forward to the imminent completion also of the second-circuit of the transmission line.
This is a huge milestone in the lifespan of a ground-breaking and transformational project that is hoped will inspire other African countries to follow suit and lead the continent towards a greener and more sustainable future. Via the use of innovative technology that harnesses energy from the wind, LTWP will provide a low-cost, reliable and clean source of electricity that can light up one million households across the country.
And by selling this renewable energy at a much cheaper rate to KPLC this project will contribute towards lowering the cost of electricity to Kenyans, will save the Government close to € 170 Million yearly (KES 20 billion) on fuel imports by displacing power from HFO and diesel generated thermal plants, and, finally, will provide Kenyan businesses with the power to grow and be competitive in the global arena.
LTWP is Kenya’s largest private sector investment to-date and one of the most complex energy financing projects undertaken in sub-Saharan Africa. LTWP is proud to showcase this project whose success could not have been achieved without the solid partnership and support of the Government of Kenya, KPLC, KETRACO, the ERC, the communities of Marsabit County, our financiers and local and international contractors.
For more information about the LTWP project, please have a read through the resources on our site: https://ltwp.co.ke/.
Together with its partner Vestas, LTWP’s Winds of Change Foundation (WoC) constructed a 14km water pipeline and three distribution points in Arge.