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Kenya’s coal-fired power project is placed on hold until government finalises its resettlement plan

In Kenya, plans to commence the development of a coal-fired power plant in October have been put on hold-pending the finalisation of resettlement plans for the communities located on the coastal site. This announcement was made on Monday by the project’s group chief executive.

Francis Njogu, chief executive of the consortium, Amu Power Company, said the group was waiting for the National Land Commission (NLC) to finalise the resettlement plan for the site before it could submit an environmental impact report, Reuters reported.

The 1,000MW power project is part of the east African country’s plan to increase the current 2,500MW installed capacity to 6,700MW by 2017.

Environmental assessment for power plant

According to Reuters, the environmental impact report will be submitted to the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) for approval. Thereafter, the construction of the project would commence within 60 days of receiving NEMA’s consent.

Njogu said: “As soon as they give us this [approval], we will complete a few other small processes, then we will start. We are ready to go.”

Tender for construction

Last year, bids for the construction of the coal-fired project were awarded to Kenyan companies Centum Investment and Gulf Energy, together with Chinese firms China Huadian Corporation Power Operation Company, Sichuan Electric Power Design and Consulting Company, and Sichuan No. 3 Power Construction Company.