A local consortium, Transcentury Limited plans to build a renewable energy park in Limuru, Kiambu County. The consortium, which features Transcentury Investments subsidiary firm, Civicon as a local project contractor is gearing to develop the KES11.7 billion Limuru Wind Farm Project with groundbreaking set for March 2015.The Limuru Wind Farm project will be undertaken on a 210 acre parcel of land at Mwanya wa Ruhuho Nguirubi, Thiongo area in Limuru. The project’s investment consultants are Saron Marketing Group; Aperture Green Power Company will play the lead project sponsor role and HydroChina Corporation is the engineering procurement and construction contractors.
During construction phase, the proposed Limuru Wind farm will provide in excess of 700 direct jobs to the local community as the construction will involve installation of 33 wind turbines to provide low cost onshore wind power for the national grid. In 2014, Civicon signed a 25 year power purchase agreement with Kenya Power, from its 35MW Menengai Geothermal power project near Nakuru for an unspecified value.
The agreement signed in association with Civicon project partners, Ormat Technologies and Symbion Power will now facilitate the power purchase pact for the consortium’s Orpower Twenty-Two project. Civicon is a subsidiary firm of Transcentury Limited, an infrastructure company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
According to the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya has a proven wind energy potential in parts of Marsabit, Kajiado, Laikipia, Meru, Nyandarua, Kilifi, Lamu, Isiolo Turkana, Samburu, Uasin Gishu, Narok, and Kiambu Counties among others.