Lake Turkana Wind Power ready to produce 310MW of energy

Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) is now able to produce 100% of its expected energy generation capacity of 310 MW, as all 365 turbines have been erected and the substation completed.

All works were completed by June 2017, as per the original construction timeline.

The firm targets to have an annual generation capacity of 1.6 billion kilowatt hours (kWh), with a set tariff rate of KES 8.6 per kWh as per the 20-year long deal struck between the wind farm and the government, meaning that LTWP will help reduce the cost of electricity to Kenyan consumers.

The associated double circuit 400kV, 438km transmission line (T-Line) that is being constructed by Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) is in its final stages of construction. The T-Line will evacuate the electricity from the wind farm to the national grid via the Suswa sub-station.

The Marsabit-based wind firm, which is arguably the biggest wind farm on the continent, will produce enough energy to power an additional 1 million Kenyan households.