Category Archives: Kenya

Praise for first POWER-GEN Africa

Thank you to all who participated in the inaugural POWER-GEN Africa and Renewable Energy World Africa event last week. Judging by the positive atmosphere at the show and from the feedback we have received, the conference & exhibition met or even exceeded attendees’ expectations. The quality and variety of conference presentations added considerably to the body of knowledge in the industry and the exhibition floor represented the very best in global power engineering technology and services.

The keynote speakers from the South African Ministry of Energy, Eskom and the Nigerian Presidential Task Force on Power articulated very well the challenge facing Africa in terms of expanding its power provision and the bold strategies that will address this. POWER-GEN Africa and Renewable Energy World Africa will continue to support this vital work by spreading knowledge, information and experience as well by bringing together industry experts to exchange views and establish partnerships.

Keep up with industry developments by subscribing to our Twitter feed, Facebook and Linked in accounts and look out for the Call for Papers inviting speaker presentations for the next conference.

The second POWER-GEN Africa and Renewable Energy World Africa takes place in Cape Town, 17-19 March 2014. I look forward to seeing you there.

Nigel Blackaby

Event Director


Lake Turkana wind project set to start in April

Kenya’s 310 MW Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project is now expected to get underway in April, according to the project’s chairman Carlo Van Wageningen.

Work on the $870 project was due to start in December but financiers are still engaged in due diligence, he said.

‘We don’t expect any further delays. We are looking at financial close at the end of March, beginning of April and therefore groundbreaking as soon as possible after that,’ he told Reuters by phone.

The LTWP wind farm in the country’s remote northwest would cut Kenya’s reliance on hydro plants. At present, droughts often plunge east Africa’s largest economy into reliance on diesel generators.

LTWP will feature 365 turbines each with a capacity of 850 kW and is expected to start production after 2013.

Read the Reuters report here