Monday, December 14, 2015

Kenya: Turkana Geothermal Plant Stalls Over Procedure Row

140 MW Turkana geothermal plant at stake over land row (Business Daily Africa)

A tussle between a Turkana county executive and a geothermal electricity generator could stall a 140 MW power project.

The acting executive for Energy, Environment and Natural Resources accuses Olsuswa Energy of seeking to exploit geothermal resources without first signing a memorandum of understanding with the county government.

Olsuswa published a notice on November 16 calling on firms to tender for various services in relation to geothermal exploration in Turkana County.

The energy firm said it planned to construct a geothermal power plant to inject 140 MW into the national power grid. Three weeks after publishing the advertisement, Turkana County has published a series of notices in local dailies stating that the county government and Olsuswa have neither reached an agreements nor signed an MoU regarding terms of engagement.

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