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KenGen in talks with landowners to avoid Kinangop Wind Park fate

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) managing director Albert Mugo. PHOTO | FILE
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) managing director Albert Mugo. PHOTO | FILE 

The Kenya Electricity Generating company (KenGen) is currently in talks with landowners and community leaders in Meru where it plans to put up a windfarm, to avoid headwinds that led to collapse of a wind power project in Kinangop.

KenGen managing director Albert Mugo said he was confident the planned 80MW wind farm in Meru will not be derailed by land disputes which broke down Kinangop Wind Park.

"We are also talking to the community itself; the landowners," Mugo told reporters Monday at the company’s half-year briefing.

"We want to be very involved with the community so that once the project has started, we do not want it to be derailed by the issues similar to Kinangop."

The Sh15-billion Kinangop Wind Park was cancelled last week due to delays and frustrations from the local community in Kinangop, Nyandarua County.

The proposed 61 megawatt Kinangop Wind Park, backed by Norwegian PE firm Norfund, South African asset manager Old Mutual and Sydney-based fund Macquarie, collapsed after locals declined to offer their land for the project.

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