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.
EIA PROCESS TRACKER
Lamu Coal Plant
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
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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