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Child labour, toxic leaks: the price we could pay for a greener future

“Men, women and children are working without even the most basic protective equipment such as gloves and face masks,” said Mark Dummett of Amnesty International, which has investigated the cobalt-mining crisis in DRC. “In one village we visited, people showed us how the water in the local stream that they drank was contaminated by the discharge of waste from a mineral processing plant.”
4 Jan 2021

Google abandons plan to buy stake in Kenya’s Lake Turkana wind power project

American technology giant Google has cancelled plans to buy a 12.5 percent stake in Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP), Africa’s largest wind farm that was officially commissioned last July. ...“Due to delays relating primarily to the transmission line, the Vestas agreement with Google was cancelled in 2019,” said Vestas. “As Vestas’ strategy doesn’t include being a long-term wind park owner, we’re currently in commercial dialogues with potential buyers of our shares.” 
10 Feb 2020

Lake Turkana limbo extended to September

Contractor Isolux Corsán won a €142 million EPC contract to build the line in June 2011, but the contract was not signed until August 2014, and the company filed for bankruptcy three years later. The hiatus left power from the Vestas V52-850kW turbines going untapped, and the project's developer, Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) in a precarious position.
1 Jun 2018

Kinangop power project halted due to land row

The wind farm was supposed to be located on the Kinangop plateau but the residents, many who have refused to let go of their land, argue that the project is on private property and they are being coerced to hand over. The residents have also been complaining about the future environmental impact from the plant.
23 Feb 2016

Kenya: Kinangop residents in court over wind power project

"The administrative and security forces in Nyandarua and Nakuru Counties have been deployed to intimidate and to violently suppress the project objectors resulting in the death of one man, serious injuries to four people and the arrest of five people on February 24," they alleged in their notice of motion.
24 Mar 2015

Work resumes on Katsina 10MW wind farm

It would be recalled that work on the wind farm project was abandoned in 2012 following the kidnap of the site engineer, Francis Cologne, a French Man. ...Following his sudden kidnap, work on the project initially billed to be commissioned in 2012 was abandoned.
27 Nov 2014

Kenya wind farm signals hurdles for Obama program

Kenya was supposed to be one of the easiest targets. It is considered a business-friendly country accustomed to working with foreign companies ...Many say they didn't realize they would have to vacate so much land for the wind turbines. Mr. Kinyanjui recalls with pride that the last time the company came, they had to bring four truckloads of police for security.
4 Aug 2014
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