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Kenya hosts SSA's largest wind farm.

Construction on the [euro]582m Lake Turkana Wind Power project (LTWP) is due to start in June, pending the finalisation of risk guarantees from World Bank institutions IDA and MIGA. The project, backed by the African Development Bank, marks the largest single private investment in Kenya's history, and should allow the country to diversify from hydroelectric power, which provides around 60% of its electricity needs. Kenya is the first African country to tap geothermal power.

LTWP will sell the electricity produced to utility company Kenya Power. The project will create 2,500 jobs during the 32-month construction and 200 permanent jobs.

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Title Annotation:RENEWABLE ENERGY; Sub-Saharan Afric
Comment:Kenya hosts SSA's largest wind farm.(RENEWABLE ENERGY)(Sub-Saharan Afric)
Publication:African Business
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:6KENY
Date:May 1, 2012
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