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Kenya: Flagship coal project pushes on amid oversupply concerns

The Ksh192bn ($1.9bn) project was initiated in 2013 under the government’s 5000+MW project. The 5GW target, part of the Kenya Vision 2030 initiative, has become a key objective of the current administration. Kenya’s draft Energy and Petroleum Policy published in June 2016 targets installed capacity of 6,762MW (including 1,960MW of new coal capacity) by 2017, 40 months from project launch. The draft also includes a 1GW nuclear plant to be commissioned by 2024. The long-term plans would set the country on its way to an installed capacity base of 24GW by 2030, compared to 1.7GW in 2013.

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