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PPA signed for Kenyan Turkana wind farm

Construction on a $750-million wind power project in Kenya could begin soon, following the signing of a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) between the developer of the project, Lake Turkana Wind Power Consortium (LTWP), and Kenya Power & Lighting Company (KPLC).
After signing a 20-year PPA with KPLC the Turkana wind farm develper LTWP is ready to start construction of its wind power plant to help meet Kenya’s increasing power needs.

When completed, the 300-MW plant, in northern Kenya, will be the biggest wind farm in Africa.

The signing of the agreement was the culmination of months of negotiations after financiers raised concerns about KPLC’s ability to issue irrevocable letters of credit owing to its shaky cash flow.

The wind farm will consist of 367 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 850 kW.
The wind farm is expected to start production in June 2011 and reach full production of 300 MW by July 2012.

When completed, the plant will add about 30% to Kenya’s installed generation capacity. Currently, the East African nation has an installed capacity of 1 065 MW.

The planned wind farm will be the third in Kenya, after the Ngong I and II wind power plants, which are owned by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company and have a combined capacity of 15 MW.

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News date: 29/01/2010

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