Kitui power station
The Kitui power station is a proposed 960-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Kaloleni, Kenya.
The map below shows the location of Kitui County, but not the exact location of the proposed project.
In 2010, the Kenyan government awarded a mining concession to the Chinese company Jung‘u and its subsidiary Fenxi Mining Industry Ltd to mine coal in the Mui Basin. A benefit sharing agreement was signed between Fenxi and the government in Mwingi town on December 23, 2013. A Chinese consortium was also given mining rights in 2015.
In October 2014 it was reported that the ministry of energy was evaluating bids from international power producers to build a 960MW coal-fired power plant in Kitui, under the Independent Power Producer (IPP) framework. The plant would use coal from Kitui, with operation planned for 2016.
As of December 2017 mining has yet to begin in the region. There has also been no developments on the coal plant, although a March 2018 article states "One of the [Kenya] National Energy and Petroleum Policy’s long-term goals is to facilitate development of a 960-megawatt coal-fired plant within Mui Basin — in Kitui."
In July 2018 it was reported that feasibility studies on the 960 MW coal plant were underway.
Residents have petitioned Parliament to have the coal mining and plant project stopped.
According to a 2015 report by a coalition of NGOs, the coal mining would lead to large-scale evictions of at least 100,000 people. Locals filed a petition against the project, resulting in a 2015 ruling providing for greater public participation in consultation on all matters, including compensation.
- Sponsor: TBD (IPP project)
- Parent company:
- Location: Kitui County, Kenya
- Coordinates: -1.483333, 38.383333 (approximate)
- Status: Pre-permit development
- Gross Capacity: 960 MW
- Start date:
- Coal Type:
- Coal Source: Kitui
- Source of financing:
Articles and resources
- "Coal mining disrupts people’s livelihoods in Mui Basin, Kenya," Both Ends, Actionaid, CIEL, Dhaatri and Keystone Foundation, 2015
- "Kitui wants details of Mui coal project," The Star, Feb 15, 2016
- "Kenyan county woos investors in coal mining," Xinhuanet, 10/07/14
- "Coal mining in Kitui yet to start 5 years after deal was signed," Daily Nation, Dec 1, 2017
- "Governor Ngilu’s charcoal-coal stand contradictory," DeCoalinize, March 1, 2018
- "Kenya plans 960-MW coal-fired power plant in Kitui," Business Daily, July 1, 2018
- "Kenya: Locals petition parliament to stop coal mining due to environmental, livelihood & health concerns," Business & Human Rights Resource Center, 28 May 2019