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Kenya’s Lake Turkana wind project delayed

Nairobi, Kenya — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 18 March 2011 – First power from Kenya’s 300MW Lake Turkana wind project “’ the largest of its kind in Africa “’ has been pushed back slightly because of delays in obtaining the necessary government guarantees.

In January the Kenyan government finally provided letters of support from the ministry of finance, giving its backing to lenders for the 560 million euro (US$784 million) project.

“We had to hold back because of the problems we had in obtaining support guarantees from the government … and that unfortunately caused an eight-month delay,” Lake Turkana Wind Power chairman Carlo van Wageningen revealed.

He said the forecast had called for the first 50MW to be generated at the end of 2013, with full generation reached by mid-2014.

Last year the company shifted the production timeline, saying the initial 50MW would be ready by the end of 2012, delayed from an initial projected start-up date of June 2011.