Department for International Development Kenya head, Julius Court, was among the guests as President Uhuru Kenyatta officially commissioned Africa’s biggest wind power plant in Marsabit County that now provides nearly a fifth of the country’s energy needs.
The Lake Turkana Wind Power Project (LTWP) will harness and utilise efficient, clean and affordable source of wind energy from Loiyangalani area, with a maximum capacity of 310.25 megawatts.
Following the construction of the 438 kilometre, 400 kilovolts transmission line from the plant site in Marsabit to Suswa sub-station, the wind farm was connected to the national grid in September last year.
This was after a 15 month delay following a series of setbacks, including securing financing for the project and compensation payments for land.
Complimenting the Kenyan government’s commitment to increase electricity generation as part of the Vision 2030 project, the launch of the line will see an increase in electricity supply, quality, reliability and reduction of power cost.
The Ksh28 billion project was financed by the Kenyan and Spanish governments with 75 and 25 percent respectively.