Left to right: Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Corporation of the Netherlands exchanges the Letter of Intent with Willem Dolleman, Director of Lake Turkana Wind Power.
30 October 2013 Nairobi, Kenya: The Government of the Netherlands, through the African Development Bank (AfDB), has announced a grant of 10 million for the construction of the 200km road from Laisamis to Sirima, the location of the wind farm. The total cost of the road upgrade to Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) is 22.5 million, and the balance of 12.5 million will be provided by LTWP under their investment. The road includes extensive civil works to allow travel to take place year round even when rivers flood the area.
This upgrade, to a high level gravel standard, falls within the Ministry of Roads requirements.
The construction of the works will be carried out in collaboration with Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA) and the Kenya National Highways Authority (KNHA), which have granted LTWP the authority to build. The construction of the road is expected to commence in early 2014.
The upgrading strengthening of the road is primarily to support this unique project and to allow for the wind turbines to reach site, said Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Corporation of the Netherlands. However, the road will open the entire area for further development and improve accessibility to all the local communities.
This grant will support the LTWP Project in Kenya, Africa’s biggest wind power project. It involves the development of a 300 MW wind farm comprising 365 wind turbines of 850kWcapacity each and a 33kV electrical network. The average electricity production of the project is estimated at 1,440 GWh per year, equivalent to the annual generation capacity of Namibia in 2010, and will be sold to the grid at a price of .0752Kwh, which is half the current cost of fossil fuel plants coming on line in Kenya.
The objective of the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project is to provide clean, reliable, low-cost power and to strengthen Kenya’s national grid by increasing national installed power by approximately 17%. The transmission line will also include a fiber-optic cable that will carry communications data. Over the long term, the project will help decrease the cost of energy to end-users, increase access to energy in rural areas, increase the national electrification rate, reduce CO2 emissions, and decrease fossil fuel dependence.