NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s 310MW wind farm is set to be connected to
the national grid by end of October, officials said on Monday.
chairman of Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP), told a media
briefing in Nairobi that they have almost completed testing of
all wind turbines.
unforeseen circumstances, all the 365 wind turbines will be
supplying power to the national grid by end of October,” Kibati
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.
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.