NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will continue to invest in the generation
of electricity from coal power using more advanced technologies,
a government official said on Thursday.
Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said the government plans to build the
Lamu Power Plant with the construction of the coal plant
expected to begin in 2024.
He said the coal plant would enable Kenya to have reliable
and stable source of energy to drive economic growth in line
with Kenya’s Vision 2030.
The Lamu Coal Power Plant is expected to become the main
base-load power source to drive the manufacturing sector, part
of the government’s Big Four Agenda, which aims to raise the
contribution of the manufacturing sector to the economy and to
create more jobs, the official said.
The plant is expected to inject 1,000 MW of electric power to
add to the current capacity of 2,712 MW against the country’s
industrial power need of 5,000 MW.
According to the government spokesperson, Kenya also relies
on geothermal as a source of power although it takes at least
seven years to complete a single geothermal station compared to
the 30 months required to complete a single coal power station.
"We want to be in the league of developed countries.
"The only way to industrialize is to use coal.
"There are other countries which are industrialized but
depend on coal produced from other countries," Oguna said.
The coal power plant to be located at the coastal region of
Lamu, is expected to begin operations in 2027.
Green activists accuse
Kenya of going against Paris climate change treaty
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)
and the Kenya Platform for Climate Governance on Thursday urged
Kenya to divert at least 200 billion Kenyan shillings (about 2
billion U.S. dollars) to green energy projects instead of
investing in a coal-powered project in the coastal region.
"We must strive to move forward in our efforts to reach clean
"Climate change has become a serious issue and we should be
sensitive to the environment when making these investment
choices," Stephen Cheboi, chairman of Kenya Platform for Climate
Governance, told Xinhua.
The government has confirmed its plans to support a
public-private-partnership to invest at least 2 billion dollars
in a coal-powered project in Lamu.
"All we are saying is that coal is not cool.
"Coal is going to kill our people in Lamu," claimed Mithika
Mwenda, executive director at PACJA.
Kenyan officials said a comparative analysis of Kenya’s
energy mix reveal that only coal and geothermal can effectively
drive Kenya’s industrial needs.
The mix comprises 50 percent geothermal, 28 percent
hydro-electric power, 12 percent wind and solar and 10 percent
of thermal or oil-powered plants.
Kenya is a signatory to the Paris Agreement, which advocates
for measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Mwenda said the government is going "against the grain" by
allowing the investments in a coal-powered project, which would
most likely increase cancer risks and diseases such as asthma.
Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said claims that the
investment in a coal-powered project would increase threats to
the environment in Lamu, including aquatic life, is not entirely
Oguna said while it is true that coal power generation will
require more water, efforts will be made to ensure only water
which has been cooled is ejected back to the ocean.
Activists said the injection of hot water from the coal
generation into the ocean might threaten the lives of sea
creatures due to its high temperatures.