Lamu, KENYA: The establishment of a coal fired power plant in Lamu is now certain after the National Lands Commission-NLC granted land rights to Amu Power.
The move means that the investor is free to begin work at the plant site any time they so wish.
Amu Power,a consortium of Gulf Energy and Centum Investment intends to set up a Sh.180 billion Coal power plant at Kwasasi area in Hindi Lamu but was awaiting a nod from the NLC over the acquired 985 acres of land.
Speaking to the press in Lamu on Monday,NLC chair Muhammad Swazuri said consultations had resolved to immediately grant land rights to Amu power since there was no reason why the same should be delayed following completion of all necessary logistics by the investor.
The project is expected to generate 981.5 megawatts of electricity once complete.
Swazuri said the project had long been approved by the Lamu Community, the county leadership and the Ministry in charge.
There have been constant disputes between the county government of Lamu and locals over who really owns the land and who was more worthy of the mother title deed for the land.
The concerned land owners have also insisted for payment for the acquired lands before the project kicks off.
“its improper for the investor to be delayed.They have done their part and its only logical that they obtain the land rights and carry on with business after all the company was approved long ago,”said Swazuri.
Divisions over the establishment of the project have been evident with a section of leaders opposing it on grounds that its harmful to the environment and health of people.