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Oil price rise sparks wind plans

KENYA: Plagued by electricity shortages and rocketing oil prices, the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is pushing ahead with plans for more wind power.

The utility has invited bids from companies to carry out feasibility studies at nine potentially productive new sites it has identified around the country. KenGen has 5MW of wind power turning at its Ngong Hills facility on the outskirts of Nairobi and recently secured funding for an additional 10MW there.

Its capacity is small compared with the 310MW plant being built by privately funded Lake Turkana Wind Power in the far north.

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