Vestas sells its stake in Africa’s biggest wind farm

  • Vestas has completed the sale of its 12,5 percent shares in Lake Turkana Wind Power Limited (LTWP) in Kenya.
  • The shares have been acquired by the Climate Finance Partnership (CFP), which is managed by BlackRock, after CFP in March 2023 announced its intention to acquire the shares held by Vestas Eastern Africa Ltd.
  • The purchase price remains undisclosed.

With its 310 MW, the LTWP wind farm remains the largest in Africa to date. Vestas has been a shareholder in LTWP since 2014 from development and construction until power generation. The project was connected to the national Kenyan grid in 2018. Today, 365 Vestas turbines create electricity for 1,2 million Kenyan homes which counts for app. 14 percent of the overall electricity demand in Kenya. Vestas will continue to service the turbines, each with a capacity of 850 kilowatts.

In addition to generating power, the LTWP project has ensured that local communities benefit from the project, including in terms of stronger road infrastructure and job creation.

The divestment follows Vestas strategy of developing wind farms without being a long term owner. The sale is the result of a sales process run by Vestas in cooperation with Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd. (Finnfund) and the Danish Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU), who have also sold their respective shares in LTWP to CFP.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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