Halt con­struc­tion of Lamu coal plant

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Con­struc­tion of a coal power sta­tion in Lamu has been halted for a pub­lic hear­ing to con­sider ob­jec­tions ( see Page 25).

The coal fired sta­tion will be op­er­ated by Amu Power, a con­sor­tium of Gulf En­ergy and Cen­tum, us­ing coal from South Africa.

Coal power is be­ing scrapped all over the world be­cause of pol­lu­tion. Even China has an­nounced that it will re­duce the share of coal in power gen­er­a­tion.

Burn­ing coal will badly dam­age the en­vi­ron­ment and tourist in­dus­try in Lamu.

Kenya has the high­est po­ten­tial for geo­ther­mal en­ergy in the world. Let’s first de­velop geo­ther­mal, which is cheap, clean and re­li­able.

The Lamu sta­tion was orig­i­nally in­tended to use coal from the Mui Basin in Ukam­bani but that coal­field is not yet de­vel­oped. Why build a dirty power sta­tion to utilise an as­set that does not yet ex­ist?

Let’s just scrap the idea of the coal fired power sta­tion in Lamu, or at least wait un­til Mui is in pro­duc­tion.

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