A Kenyan flower farm, Afriscan, has obtained a court order to stop the construction of the electricity transmission line linking Lake Turkana wind farm to the national grid.
“This application is hereby certified urgent and should be served upon the respondent within seven days for inter parties hearing on May 23, 2018,” said Justice Mary Oundo.
Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) and the Chinese contractor, Power China Guizhou Engineering Company, are listed as respondents.
According to the Daily Nation, the flower company said the construction of the line cannot continue until it is paid a Sh2.7 billion ($30 million) compensation for the planned acquisition of its land for purposes of building the line. Read more: Lake Turkana Wind Power expected to link to grid in Q3
Afriscan argues that construction of the power line across its farm has destroyed matured flowers, an irrigation system and other assets grounding its operations.
Delays in electricity transmission line
The construction of the electricity transmission line, which started in November 2015, is way behind schedule, having been delayed by land compensation demands and last year’s termination of the Isolux contract.
The delay has seen the wind power producer claim billions of shillings in fines that were built in the contract – a cost that has been passed on to taxpayers.
It is reported that homes and businesses will from September incur a penalty of Sh1 billion ($10 million) in monthly electricity bills after Kenya’s failure to connect Lake Turkana Wind Power to the grid.
Delays in construction of the 428-kilometre power line have hampered electricity evacuation from the northern town of Marsabit to Suswa substation in Narok, the country’s main interchange for power coming from different sources.