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China firm wins Sh22.6bn tender to build Kipeto wind power plant

KenGen’s Ngong wind power farm in Kajiado County. Wind energy is becoming a key energy source, with a number of power plants in the pipeline. PHOTO | FILE
KenGen’s Ngong wind power farm in Kajiado County. Wind energy is becoming a key energy source, with a number of power plants in the pipeline. PHOTO | FILE 

Kipeto Energy’s Kajiado-based wind-power project has gathered pace after it awarded a Chinese firm the multi-billion contract to construct the plant.

China Machinery Engineering Corporation clinched the Sh22.6 billion contract for the engineering design, procurement and construction (EPC) of the wind farm that is set to generate 100 megawatts (MW).

The project, one of the largest US foreign direct investments in Kenya, will be completed within two years from the date of commissioning which was not disclosed.

“The company, as the EPC general contractor, will be responsible for the design, supply, civil engineering and construction, installation, training, commissioning, technical services and other works of the Project on a turnkey basis. The contract value amounts to $221 million (Sh22.6 billion),” said the firm in regulatory filings.

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