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Kenya - Electricity Transmission Improvement Project - ESIA Summary

22-Jul-2010

While the Ministry of Energy and Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) have developed a Least Cost Power Development Plan for the period 2008-2028, most recently updated in 2007, efficient and effective electric power transmission still remains a major challenge. It is in this vein that Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) has embarked on a country wide electricity transmission improvement program. This need necessitated the Kenyan Government to prioritize the utilization of proceeds from AfDB into investing in five transmission lines across the country. This Summary, therefore, combines the five lines environmental and social assessments. The lines are (i) Olkaria-Kisii-Sondu; (ii) Nanyuki-Nyahururu-Kabarnet-Lessos; (iii) Ishiara-Kieni-Embu; (iv) Mwingi-Kitui-Sultan Hamud; and (v) Sotik-Bomet. The project of this magnitude is classified as Category one by the AfDB‟s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Procedures which requires an environmental and social impact assessment summary to be posted on the AfDB‟s website for 120 days before the proposal for financing can be submitted to the Bank‟s Board.

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