Lake Turkana Wind Power Limited
The Lake Turkana Wind Power Project (i.e. ‘the Wind Farm’) is located in Loiyangalani District, Marsabit County, Kenya. It comprises 365 wind turbines – each with a capacity of 850kW (a total production capacity 310.25MW), and a high voltage substation. The Wind Farm is connected to the Kenyan national grid through a 435km associated transmission line; constructed by the Government of Kenya through the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO). The Wind Farm is providing reliable, low cost energy to Kenya’s national grid – approximately 17% of the country’s installed capacity (and 30% of off-peak demand), which is bought at a fixed price by Kenya Power & Lighting Company Ltd (KPLC) over a 20-year period in accordance with the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The addition of this clean energy into the national grid reduces the need to add fossil fuel fired power generators in the national energy grid and reduces Kenya’s carbon footprint. It represents a largescale demonstration of clean energy technology and will lead to the reduction of up to 736, 615 tons of CO2 per year. It is expected that LTWP will save the Kenyan economy EUR 120M in fuel-imports thereby having a significant positive macro-economic impact on the economy. The total investment of EUR 625m (KES 74b) not only makes LTWP the largest wind power project to be constructed in Africa but also places it amongst the single largest private investment in the history of Kenya.