The $780m Lake Turkana wind power (LTWP) development in northern Kenya has commenced construction.

Africa’s largest wind power project to date will provide 310 MW of capacity and comprises of 365 Vestas V52-850kW wind turbine generators.

Ketraco, the Kenyan national grid company, is constructing a 450km transmission line connecting the outskirts of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi to Loyangalani near the project site. This will enable future electrification of nearby rural areas where previously there was no electricity available.

Mott MacDonald is providing construction and operations monitoring of the wind farm and environment and social monitoring for the transmission line. Previously, the consultancy performed technical, environmental and social due diligence on behalf of the lenders during the project’s financing stage.

Once operational, LTWP will provide approximately 15 per cent of total power generation in Kenya, equivalent to approximately 330,000 households.

Kenya wind energy 

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