Lake Turkana wind power project to connect to grid by September
The Lake Turkana wind power project is expected to be connected to the national grid by September following the handing over to a Chinese contractor to set up the remaining section of high voltage wires for evacuation of the green energy.
The wind farm which has a capacity of 310MW was supposed to connect the first 50MW into the grid in October 2016 and the whole capacity by last July. However the project delayed to challenges that faced Spanish companies who were the initial contractors, forcing the government to resort to a Chinese contractor who has committed to complete the project within three months.
“Most Spanish companies had difficulties. They went under and could not manage to source materials to complete the project. As a country, we are safe and on course. We believe by September, we will have power from wind,” said Pavel Oimeke, Energy Regulatory Commission Director-General.
He added that the power line linking the 310MW wind power plant to the national grid was 70% complete, with the remaining work being putting up high voltage cables.The power project which was allocated US $56m is expected to be completed by end of August and once completed a clean and affordable power will be distributed to consumers.