Major progress on Turkana transmission line

7 July 2017

A power transmission line linking a large-scale wind farm in Kenya with the country’s national grid could be completed in the next three months, the government has said.

Kenyan Energy and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter said in June that the government was working with local subcontractors to complete the 428 km, 400 kV power line, which has been delayed by negotiations with landowners over compensation.

The transmission project will connect the Lake Turkana wind power project, running from Loiyangalani in the north to Suswa in the center. The 310 MW wind farm was completed in June 2017 but turbine supplier Vestas said recently that the power line would delay operations until 2018.

In March local media reported that the government had taken over the procurement process for the transmission line from main contractor, Isolux Corsan. Keter told reporters that liquidity challenges at the Spanish firm had affected the delivery of the project, which was due to be completed in 2016.

Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) said in March 2017 that the power line was 60 per cent complete.

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