Pete Vowles discovers how UK aid is helping drive Kenyan economy

Pete Vowles in Mombasa
Pete Vowles in Mombasa. Photos via Twitter: @PeteVowles (left), @AnnaGibson (right)

After visiting youths benefiting from the UKaid supported Kuza Project, new Department for International Development (DFID) head in Kenya, Pete Vowles, looked at more ways Britain is supporting Kenya’s Economic development.

At Mombasa’s Port terminal, he saw wind turbines being offloaded before being taken to the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project.

The Lake Turkana Wind Power Project (LTWP) aims to provide 310MW of reliable, low cost wind power to the Kenya national grid, equivalent to approximately 20% of the current installed electricity generating capacity.

The Project is of significant strategic benefit to Kenya, and at Ksh70 billion (€625 million) will be the largest single private investment in Kenya’s history. The wind farm site, covering 40,000 acres (162km2), is located in Loyangalani District, Marsabit West County approximately 50km north of South Horr Township.

Wind turbines being offloaded at @Kenya_Ports en route to Lake Turkana Wind Power project. Photo: Twitter/PeteVowles
Wind turbines being offloaded at @Kenya_Ports en route to Lake Turkana Wind Power project. Photo: Twitter/PeteVowles

During his time in Kenya’s second city, he also learnt more about the Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) supported improvements at Mombasa port.

Later, accompanied by the DFID’s Anna Gibson, he also conducted a straw poll of three roadside vendors in Mombasa about the airport road construction.

Two thirds said the project was Chinese funded, despite it actually benefitting from UK investment.

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