AFRICA’S LARGEST WIND PARK
Vestas supplies wind turbines for the Lake Turkana, which with a total capacity of 300 MW will be the largest wind farm in sub-Saharan Africa.
With a total capacity of 310 MW, the Lake Turkana will produce approximately 15-20 percent of Kenya’s current electricity consumption at a competitive price. At the same time, imported fossil fuels will be replaced with renewable energy.
Lake Turkana is located in the northern part of Kenya, and the area was chosen because of its remoteness and because of the strong and constant wind between Lake Turkana and the desert-like hinterland.
365 wind turbines from Vestas
The Danish company Vestas will supply the project with 365 wind turbines of the V52-850 kW type. This is a three-bladed wind turbine with a blade diameter of 52 meters, which makes it very robust and efficient and ideal for installation in an area such as Lake Turkana.
To connect the wind farm with the existing transmission network in Kenya, a 428 km long transmission line of 400kV will be established. Furthermore, 200 km of road will be renewed in order to make the transportation of the turbines from the port of Mombasa to Lake Turkana possible.
“The investment in the Lake Turkana Wind Power is a good example of the Danish Climate Investment Fund’s purpose, acting on a commercial basis to reduce CO2 emissions in developing countries and promote Danish climate technology”
Tommy Thomsen, CEO, IFU
Wind of change
In connection with the establishment of the wind park, Lake Turkana Wind Power has invested in several initiatives to develop the local area, including projects to improve access to water, education and health. The project has also set up a CSR organisation, “Wind of Change”, which over the next 20 years will invest around EUR 10m in the area.
Investment of EUR 600m
The total investment will be approximately EUR 600m, making Lake Turkana the largest single private investment in Kenya’s history. A number of development banks and private companies are co-investors in the project, while the African Development Bank participates as a lender.
The Danish Climate Investment Fund, managed by IFU, contributes to the investment with share capital of almost DKK 90m. The expectation is that the production of power from the wind farm can begin in 2017.