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Kenya 310 MW wind farm set to be connected to national grid

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s 310MW wind farm is set to be connected to the national grid by end of October, officials said on Monday.

Mugo Kibati, chairman of Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP), told a media briefing in Nairobi that they have almost completed testing of all wind turbines.

“Barring any unforeseen circumstances, all the 365 wind turbines will be supplying power to the national grid by end of October,” Kibati said.

He said that the 700 million euros investment is the largest private sector investment in the country to date, noting that Kenya has one of the most vibrant energy markets in Africa after South Africa.

“The successful completion of the project will showcase Kenya as a safe and reliable investment destination,” he added.

He noted that the project was financed by seven equity partners and 14 lenders who require annual repayment of 74 million Euros for their loans.

Kibati noted that construction of the wind farm was completed in January but could not produce power because the Spanish firm contracted to develop the transmission line filed for bankruptcy.

The chairman said that two Chinese firms took over the construction of the 428 km electricity transmission line to evacuate the power and completed the infrastructure in August.

LTWP has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the country’s sole power distributor Kenya Power. Felix Rottmann, Senior Social Specialist LTWP, said that the project will have a transformative effect in remote regions of northwest Kenya.

           

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