Lake Turkana Wind Power Limited

  • Region: Africa
  • Country: Kenya
  • Sector: Energy - wind
  • Year: 2013
  • Domicile: Kenya
  • Instrument: Loan
  • Commitment (MNOK) as of 31.12.2016: 107.1
  • Original Commitment (MNOK): 107.1

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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 more than €620 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, in north-eastern Kenya, approximately 50km north of South Horr Township.

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A complex project

The project will comprise 365 wind turbines (each with a capacity of 850 kW), the associated overhead electric grid collection system and a high voltage substation.  The Project also includes upgrading of the existing road from Laisamis to the wind farm site, a distance of approximately 204km, as well as an access road network in and around the site for construction, operations and maintenance.

The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (Ketraco) is constructing a double circuit 400kv, 428km transmission line to deliver the LTWP electricity along with power from other future plants to the national grid.

The power produced will be bought at a fixed price by Kenya Power (KPLC) over a 20-year period in accordance with the signed Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Norfund is now invested both directly (12.9 MNOK) and through KLP Norfund Investments AS. 

Norfund - The Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries

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