NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – 365 turbines from the Lake Turkana Wind Power project will be connected to the transmission line by the end of this month as the country inches closer to connecting Africa’s largest wind power to the national grid.
Lake Turkana Wind Power Project Chairman Mugo Kibati says that as of last week about 225 turbines have been connected to the power grid with an average of 10 and 12 turbines added online every day.
The turbines have a total capacity of 310 Megawatts that will be supplied to the national grid.
The wind power project is set to reduce power outages by 12.5 percent and reduce power costs by between 7 to 10 percent over the next few years.
“Depending on how KPLC dispatches the power and what the energy mix in with the successful completion of the T-Line, grid stability in the entire Kenyan grid should improve. This ought to result in better quality of power,” he said.
The Sh81.4 billion has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Kenya Power and lighting company.
The wind farm will be Kenya’s cheapest power after hydro. The LTWP project will sell the energy at Euro cents 8.529 per kWh and after six years, at Euro Cents 7.684 per kWh.
The wind power project is owned by LTWP consortium comprising KP&P Africa B.V and Aldwych International as co-developers, Investment Fund for Developing Countries, Vestas Eastern Africa Limited, Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd, KLP Norfund Investments AS and Sandpiper.