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New 400kV Line Connecting Northern Wind Power Plant to Central Kenya Now Complete

September 7, 2018

A new high-voltage power line which connects a 310 MW northern wind power facility to central Kenya is now fully operational.

The power line brings critical electrical power from the Lake Turkana Wind Power project from Loiyangalani in the north to Suswa, located in the center of the country. This power is badly needed to stabilize the existing country’s diesel generation power in the region, which it is currently phasing out. The new line will stabilize the national grid by December of this year.

The wind power project features 375 turbines provided by Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems. Construction began for the project in November 2015 and was just completed this month.

According to Kenyan Energy Minister Charles Keter, “Within the next month, we will feel the difference once the line has run very well. Everything being constant, we are seeing by December we will be comfortable in terms of our generation and in terms of [transmission].” He also said the new supply will bring the cost of power down for the country.

Kenya has an estimated 6.5 million customers connected to its power grid. That grid has current generation capacity of 2.351 MW and surge demand capability of 1.802 MW.

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