Delayed Vestas project might not be ready until the fall

If the grid connection for the prestige project Lake Turkana is ready to start operations this summer, it will cost consumers around KES 1 billion every month.

Photo: Vestas

Since the last of the 365 Vestas turbines were installed in June, the Kenyan wind farm Lake Turkana has been ready to start spinning. But Africa's largest wind farm south of Sahara, which should have begun partial production in October 2016, has yet to add the first energy to Kenya's grid as the grid connection to the remote farm is not yet finished. And it might not be ready until the fall.

"We expect between June and September, we should be able to complete the line and start evacuating the wind energy," said Kenya's Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge last month, according to Business Daily Africa.

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