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Ministry, energy company row over 300-megawatt wind plant



The Ministry of Vitality is locked in a battle with an vitality agency over a proposed 300-megawatt wind plant set for development in Marsabit County.

That is after the ministry modified the standing of Gitson Vitality’s plant to ‘below rivalry’ regardless of having given the agency a go-ahead for feasibility research and development.

Correspondence seen by the Enterprise Day by day exhibits that by means of W. Thuku & Associates Advocates, Gitson Vitality wrote to the ministry in search of a proof on the change of standing for the undertaking that was first authorized in 2010.

“Kindly elucidate on the change of the approval standing to “below rivalry” with respect to Gitson Vitality Bubisa Wind Mission, provided that there are three letters out of your workplace confirming the approval of the undertaking,” stated the regulation agency in a letter to the ministry, dated April 4, 2024.

Feasibility examine

Nonetheless, Vitality PS Alex Wachira, contradicted his predecessors over approval of the undertaking, saying that the corporate didn’t conduct a feasibility examine, which is required for the ultimate nod.

“To be given permission to go forward with the feasibility examine doesn’t equate to outright approval of the facility undertaking…All this was not finished by Gitson and the matter was referred to an arbitrator,” stated Mr Wachira.

Gitson Vitality —owned by Kenyans within the diaspora— is likely one of the impartial energy producers in search of to faucet the huge wind potential in Marsabit County, with its proposed undertaking set to be the second-biggest in Kenya.

The Lake Turkana Wind Farm, positioned in Loiyangalani, is the most important in Kenya and Africa with a capability of 310 megawatts.

The federal government first gave Gitson Vitality the go-ahead for the undertaking in February 2010 and reaffirmed the approval in 2017.

“We notice that vide our letter of reference dated February 16, 2010, you had been granted approval for growth of the wind undertaking and also you had been anticipated to finalise your feasibility examine inside the subsequent eight months,” the ministry had stated in one of many letters dated, October 9, 2017.

The conflict comes months after Gitson Vitality gained a court docket case that compelled the Ministry of Vitality to offer particulars on all energy tasks authorized for development in Marsabit County.

The ministry then supplied an inventory of 5 companies, together with Gitson Vitality. Nonetheless, the standing of Gitson’s plant had been modified to ‘below rivalry’ from ‘authorized’.

The correspondence exhibits that the federal government first gave Gitson the inexperienced mild to proceed with the plant in Bubisa, Marsabit County, in February 2010.

In September 2010, the ministry gave Gitson an extension of 1 12 months to finish the feasibility examine and full the plant by the tip of 2013.

The wind is at the moment the third-biggest supply of electrical energy within the nationwide energy grid, accounting for 15.1 %, or 1,271.42 GWh, within the eight months to February, behind hydro at 24.5 % (2,062.01 GWh) and geothermal at 47.1 %, or 3,954.82 GWh.

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