By David Musyoka NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP), Africa’s largest wind power
plant, said Tuesday that it was currently in a position to produce up to 33
percent of its expected target of 310 MW ahead of the 2017 deadline.
said a total of 347 out of 365 turbines had already been erected, a clear
indication that the project is on course for completion as per its original plan
general manager Phylip Leferink said the remaining 20 turbines have already been
delivered on site.
the turbines began in March 2016 and all 365 are expected to be up and running
by June,” Leferink said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
cost of the project is estimated at 700 million U.S. dollars, said Leferink,
adding that the firm targets to have an annual generation capacity of 1.6
billion kilowatt hour (kWh), with the tariff rate set at 8.6 Kenyan shillings
circuit 400-kV, 438-km transmission line is currently being constructed by Kenya
Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco).
The line will
evacuate the electricity from the 40,000-acre wind farm to the national grid via
the Suswa sub-station.
completion, the Marsabit-based wind firm, which is arguably the biggest wind
farm on the continent, will produce enough energy to power an additional 1
million Kenyan households.
Turkana Wind Power is fully operational it will add 310 MW of renewable
generation capacity to Kenya’s grid.
relies heavily on renewables such as geothermal and hydro-power, aims to expand
installed capacity to about 6,700 MW by 2017, up from 1,700 MW in 2013.