Historic moment for Kenya as president Uhuru launches   power plant in Loiyangalani,the biggest in Africa

Historic moment for Kenya as president Uhuru launches power plant in Loiyangalani,the biggest in Africa

BY PSCU/NAMULONGO PETER,LONYANGALANI,19TH JULY 2019-President Uhuru Kenyatta has  launched  wind power plant in Lonyangalani,Marsabit county  the biggest in Africa .The project  will inject a total of  310 megawatts of renewable energy to the national grid,with end results expected to be lower cost of power to  consumers.

The whooping $680-million project, a sprawling 365-turbine wind farm on the eastern shores of Lake Turkana is the largest private investment in the country .

The project, lying in a natural corridor dubbed “the windiest place on earth”, is promised to harness this endless power at low cost.

“Without the wind power project, the fuel cost charge would have been as high as Sh5.75kwh in May 2019. As compared to Sh3.75 pkwh the cost that was applied in that particular month,” Kenyatta said, and added “As we unveil Africa’s single largest wind power, this monumental project comprising 365 wind turbines of 850 KW each, with total installed capacity of 310MW.”

The Lake Turkana wind plant, connected through a 428-kilometre power line to the national grid in Suswa, is now generating 15 percent of Kenya’s entire installed capacity, according to officials in the energy sector.

The plant, boasting of 365 wind turbines with a capacity of 850 kilovolts each, will deliver 310 megawatts of clean energy to the national grid.

Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) indicated the country will save Sh1 billion annually in fuel imports used to generate electricity.

To evacuate power from the Loiyangalani sub-station to Suswa, in Narok County, the KETRACO set up a 438km long transmission line.

It passes  through five counties which will now be connected to the national grid.

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