Kitui power station

From Global Energy Monitor

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.

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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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

As of December 2017 mining has yet to begin in the region.[4] 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."[5]

In July 2018 it was reported that feasibility studies on the 960 MW coal plant were underway.[6]

Residents have petitioned Parliament to have the coal mining and plant project stopped.[7]

Public opposition

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.[1]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: TBD (IPP project)
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Kitui County, Kenya
  • Coordinates: -1.483333, 38.383333 (approximate)
  • Status: Pre-permit development
  • Gross Capacity: 960 MW
  • Type:
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Kitui
  • Source of financing:

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