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Kenya rules that a 310 MW wind project was built on land acquired irregularly

Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) has failed to overturn a Kenya High Court ruling that the land on which its 310 MW wind power project in Kenya sits was acquired irregularly and without due process, risking cancellation of its title deeds. The wind power plant, commissioned in 2019, comprises 365 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 850 kW, and a high voltage substation. The project is connected to the Kenyan national grid through a 438 km transmission line constructed by the Kenya Transmission Company (Ketraco).

The power produced is bought at a fixed price by Kenya Power (KPLC) under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). LTWP has six shareholders: Anergi Turkana Investments, KP&P Africa, Danish Climate Investment Fund I, Vestas Eastern Africa, Finnfund, and Sandpiper. The power plant accounts for about 9% of the country’s installed capacity. Renewables represents 69% of Kenya’s installed capacity, with 26% of geothermal, 25% of hydro and 13% of wind.

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