Lake Turkana up and running

1 November 2018

The Lake Turkana wind farm in Kenya is expected to be fully operational this month, its developer has announced.

Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) announced in September that the long-delayed wind farm had delivered its first power to the grid and that it was carrying out testing and commissioning protocols.

In a social media post on 25 October, Vestas said that 236 of the wind farm’s V52-850 kW wind turbines were up and running.

Installation of the wind turbines was completed in mid-2017 but financial uncertainty delayed the construction of the 434 km-long transmission line. Kenya’s national transmission system operator Ketraco took over construction of the Loiyangalani-Suswa transmission line – the longest in Africa – completing it in August 2018.

LTWP – a consortium of Danish and African investment funds and turbine supplier Vestas – has signed a power purchase agreement worth $75.20/MWh with national utility Kenya Power & Lighting Company. It says that it hope the project will “inspire other African countries to follow suit and lead the continent towards a greener and more sustainable future”.



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