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Kenya: Court blocks Lamu coal project

The National Environment Tribunal has cancelled an environmental impact assessment licence issued to Amu Power Company Ltd for the 1,050MW Lamu coal plant. The tribunal allowed an appeal by the Save Lamu campaign and set aside the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) decision to issue the licence in September 2016, arguing that the correct process had not been followed. Tribunal chairman Mohamed Balala said the environmental impact assessment (EIA) carried out by Kenya’s Kurrent Technologies Limited had failed to include sufficient consultation with Lamu residents and a new study was needed.

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