Kenyan government completes key transmission line project

The Kenyan Ministry of Energy has announced the completion of the long-delayed Loiyangalani-Suswa transmission line. However, the line will begin to supply power to the country’s national grid only in December 2018. The project involved the construction of a 428 km, 400 kV power line from Loiyangalani to Suswa to evacuate power from an upcoming 310 MW wind farm in Turkana developed by private equity company Lake Turkana Wind Power. It is one of the longest 400 kV lines to be built in Africa. The wind farm was completed in 2017, but was kept inactive until the commissioning of the line. Land compensation disputes had delayed the completion of the line, which was earlier scheduled for commissioning in January 2017.

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