EIA PROCESS TRACKER

Lamu Coal Plant

The Government of Kenya proposed a 1,050 Megawatt (MW) coal plant to be built in Kwasasi, Lamu County 20km from Lamu Town. The project will be operated by Amu Power – a special purpose joint venture of two Kenyan companies: Gulf Energy and Centum. The proposed Lamu Coal Plant will cause irreparable environmental and economic harm to the region, is not economical, and will cause the price of electricity to increase. Residents of Lamu County are particularly opposed to the plant due to the negative economic, environmental, and health impacts they will endure as a result of burning coal for electricity in Lamu.

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Scoping Phase

Date of approval of the Scoping Report or Comprehensive Summary of the Project Report & TOR:
29 January 2016
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EIA Study Phase

Date of commencement of the EIA Process:
29 January 2016
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Newspaper Notices

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Radio Announcements

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Public Meetings

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Date of Submission of EIA Study Report to NEMA:
14 July 2016
Title of EIA study report:
NEMA EIA/5/2/1278 : Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of the proposed 1,050 MW Coal fired Power Plant in Kenya
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Analysis of the EIA study phase:

Having heard an appeal lodged by the affected community challenging the issuance of the EIA license, the National Environmental Tribunal found that the EIA study process was procedurally flawed for failing to comply with all legal requirements under the law, including requirements to conduct adequate and effective public participation during the EIA process. (Find out more by clicking on the full judgement below).

 

EIA Study Review Phase

Newspaper Notices

Name of newspaper in which the notice was advertised:
Taifa Leo
Date of newspaper publication of a notice on the proposed project:
25 July 2016
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Daily Nation
Date of newspaper publication of a notice on the proposed project:
25 July 2016
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Taifa Leo
Date of newspaper publication of a notice on the proposed project:
18 July 2016
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Daily Nation
Date of newspaper publication of a notice on the proposed project:
17 July 2016
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Date of publication of invitation for public comments in the Kenya Gazette:
29 July 2016
Title of the Kenya Gazette notice:
Vol. CXVII-No.84, Gazette Notice No. 5901 : Environmental Impact Assessment Study Report for the Proposed 1,050 MW Coal Fired Power Plant in the Kwasasi Area Hindi/Magongoni Sub-County in Lamu County
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Date on which the public hearing was held:
26 August 2016
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Analysis of the public hearing:

The public hearing was held prematurely before the commenting period for the EIA was over.  Based on the evidence presented before the National Environmental Tribunal, it was found that the public hearing held at Kwasasi was not a consultative meeting to explain the nature of the project and its impacts as required by the Regulations. Instead, the meeting degenerated into a popularity contest engulfed by an atmosphere of tension where the participants were split into two groups and a poll of some sort was conducted to establish the numbers who supported as opposed to those against the project.

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Final Decision

Establishment of a technical advisory committee (YES/NO):
No
NEMA’s decision on the EIA license application (APPROVED/NOT APPROVED):
Approved
Date of Decision:
7 September 2016
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