Lake Turkana Wind Power project
The project puts Kenya on the map as the home of the largest wind farm in Africa. It will provide 300MW of reliable, low cost wind power to the Kenya national grid, equivalent to 20 per cent of the current installed electricity generating capacity. It will be the largest single private investment in Kenya’s history totaling up to Ksh75 billion.
Located in Loyangalani District, in north-eastern Kenya, the wind project is expected to be in full operation by 2014 but the first 50 to 90 mega watts of power expected by either end this year or early 2013.In mid this year, LTWP awarded a Sh3.2 tender to build 204KM of access roads and another 109KM within the site. This would then open up the farm and pave way for the transportation of materials.
The tender awarded to Civicon would also include construction of a double circuit 400kv, 428km transmission lines by Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (Ketraco).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 wind power consortium comprises KP&P Africa B.V. and Aldwych International as co-developers, Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC), Industrial Fund for Developing Countries (IFU), Wind Power A.S. (Vestas) and Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund). Aldwych, an Africa focused power company, will oversee the construction and operations of the power plant on behalf of LTWP. Vestas will maintain the plant in contract with LTWP.
Financiers of the project are African Development Bank with Standard Bank of South Africa and Nedbank Capital of South Africa as co-arrangers.
Thika Power Limited (TPL)
TPL is an independent power plant running on heavy fuel oils (HFO) and will generate 87 mega watts of power. It is a subsidiary of Melec PowerGen Inc., and an affiliate of the Matelec Group of Companies from Lebanon. The project, in progress, is under a 20-year Build Own Operate agreement with Kenya Power.
In mid this year, the Word Bank approved Sh3 billion for the project and in August, it signed a Sh12 billion partial risk guarantee for IPP’s and TPL is a beneficially.
MAN Diesel & Turbo, a subsidiary firm of Germany’s Volkswagen AG’s was chosen to build the heavy fuel power plant. It is being funded by International Finance Corporation (IFC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Absa Capital.
The plant is situated adjacent to the Nairobi – Thika highway, approximately 30 km north of Nairobi city centre and 5 km south-west of Thika Town occupying approximately 4 hectares of land.
Triumph Generating Company
The plant is be constructed in Athi River zone, near Nairobi, and will run on HFO.It is also a beneficiary of the partial risk guarantee signed by World Bank.A total of 81 mega watts of power will be generated from it.
The 80MW Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) diesel power plant in the Mombasa Road area of Nairobi includes a 66kv interconnector and backup metering equipment on a 20 years build-own-and-operate basis. It being implemented by Gulf Power who is gas-station operator and fuel importer in Kenya. The project is under a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) with Kenya Power as is with Triumph Gnerating Company and Thika Power.
The plant is due to be completed by July 2013.