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Kenya says major wind power line to be ready in three months

Staff Writer |
A power line linking a 310 megawatt (MW) wind power plant to Kenya's national grid, delayed by landowners' compensation demands among other issues, is expected to be ready in the next three months, the energy minister said.

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Kenya relies heavily on geothermal and hydro power for its electricity, providing the bulk of the country's total 2,341 MW output. Wind power provides about 25 MW.

The construction of the 266-mile (428-km), 400-kilovolt power line from the Lake Turkana Wind Power project, running from Loiyangalani in the north to Suswa in the center, started in November 2015 and had been due to be completed by December.

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems, supplier of the wind farm's 365 turbines, said this month the wind farm was ready for launch but would be idle until next year as the government had not yet installed the transmission line.

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