The project is located in Kenya. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us. The Turkwel Hydroelectric Power Station, also Turkwel Dam, is an arch dam on the Turkwel River An infamous dam scandal from former President Daniel Arap Moi's days of yore has seemingly repeated itself during President Uhuru Kenyatta's tenure.. Just like today's Kamwerer, Itare and Arror dams saga, Moi, in 1986, proposed a project dubbed Turkwel dam that was marred with scandals including kickbacks and questionable awarding of tenders. Biwott's moment had finally come. Over lunch with Waiyaki at Serena Hotel, he ventilated: "Kibaki must be the most ungrateful person alive," Biwott said, adding ruefully: "I wish he knew how many people are secretly fighting him, and how the President has stood with him. metres and covers 6500 hectares. Finally, Biwott might have got the "donkey" catch up with the "horse", but he couldn't stop Turkwell Dam from drying up, which is what we are paying for now! The Turkwel Gorge Project was incepted in 1986 and commissioned in 1991. The controversial Turkwel Dam was built by the Kenyan government from 1986 to 1991 with the help of France. Then he would have his own man as minister for Finance. Water is also released from this dam to supply Kano City. Turkwel Dam. Kenya and French governments pressured the EU to transfer the "offending" chief delegate, a German national, from Nairobi to Lesotho, where he would be of "little harm". The least he should have done to thank the President is to let Turkwel project go through. The dam, which first gained Turkish government approval in 1997, is a key part of Turkey’s Southeastern Anatolia Project, designed to improve its poorest and least developed region. 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Why the Rising Water Levels in East Africa's Rift Valley Lakes? Introduction. It was constructed between 1986 and 1991. Please try again later. The people I am calling 'donkeys' are Tugens, Keiyos, and other pastoralists in Rift Valley.". It has never filled up to its full supply level at 1,150 meters above the sea level, since its construction from 1986 to 1991. Turkana disaster fears as Turkwel dam threatens to spill over. MA Project Water Resource Conflict in Kenya: The Case of Turkwel Dam and Pokot-Turkana Relations, 1984-2015 By Andreas Nandelenga Submitted in partial fulfilment of Master of Arts in Armed Conflict and Peace Studies University of Nairobi 2019 . With Covid-19 hogging the attention, few took note of a story tucked inside the Sunday Nation two weeks ago, that Turkwel Dam may soon dry up due to environmental degradation. The Turkwel and the Kerio are largely seasonal rivers and Lake Turkana almost entirely depends on water from the Omo River where construction of the Gibe III dam started in 2006. The plan was to harness the waters of the Turkwel. In a Cabinet reshuffle soon after, he was appointed minister for Energy and Regional Development, while the Finance docket was taken away from Kibaki and given to Arthur Magugu, who had been his long-serving assistant minister. Prior to the completion of the project the French Government wrote off US $ 35.7 million. In those days of authoritarian one-party rule, no Kenyan media house would dare touch the report by the EU official, who would soon be bundled out of the country. The Turkwel Gorge Project, situated in north-west of Kenya, was conceived as a multi-purpose project including hydropower, agricultural development, fisheries and tourist development. The ancient settlement of Hasankeyf will soon be submerged as part of a controversial dam project – despite residents’ protests Tessa Fox Thu 12 … All elected leaders in the county led by H.E. That done, he wouldn't have to bother about the "nonsense" of some foreigners coming with feasibility studies to block his path, rather to hold the donkey from catching up with the horse! For instance, he wrote, "the installed price on turbines in the French deal was $277,000 each, while the same could be installed at $144,000 on international bidding.". Like Cabinet Secretary … Gallery of photos, images and drawings for the project Turkwel Dam (1993). It further noted that a larger portion of the Turkwel project was financed on "commercial loans, despite ready offers for grants or extremely soft concessionary loans. But Kenyan officials nevertheless chose the far more expensive model of financing". Ngong ... the NDA has issued Letters of No Objection for more than 20 project proposals to the GCF for approval and funding since 2015 out of which 5 projects have been funded. The Turkwel Gorge hydroelectric power scheme, with a thin arch dam (155 m high and 150 m crest length), currently under construction, is original in as much that it is located in the vicinity of a collapse zone of the great East African Rift. Kenya Red Cross on … Turkwel at inception was a multipurpose project comprising hydro-power, agricultural, fisheries and tourism developments. Turkish Dam Project Threatens to Submerge Thousands of Years of History A contentious dam project that dates to the 1950s is more than 80 percent complete, and the filling of a … Turkey has started filling the dam basin, a step that has alarmed neighboring Iraq, which is struggling with a water crisis. The Kerio River has two main tributaries, the Embobut River and the Arror River, both of which f… The Turkwel Dam is on the verge of spilling. The Turkwel Dam is on the verge of spilling. It would generate power to feed the national grid and provide water to irrigate the arid Turkana and West Pokot districts. First, he would scheme to have himself appointed the minister for Energy. An alert from the meteorological department stated; “At 1148.03 metres above sea level this morning (Monday) Turkwel dam is currently 92.33 percent full. But first I begin the story - at the beginning. Museveni Facing Struggle to Win Back the West in Latest Victory, Nigerian President Appoints New Civil Defence Boss. It uses water from Turkwel River which flows from Mount Elgon catchment area (Suam) in the border of Kenya and Uganda. The controversial Turkwel Dam was built by the Kenyan government from 1986 to 1991 with the help of France. The plan was to harness the waters of the Turkwel. In January 1986 - five years after Biwott's chat with Waiyaki up in the skies, he was airborne to the French capital accompanied by Saitoti to sign in on the Turkwel project. NAIROBI, Kenya, May 6- Two major dams in Masinga and Turkwel are full beyond capacity, a disaster in waiting for people living around and downstream. A Norwegian engineering and consulting firm, NorConsult, was engaged to conduct the study. In those days of limited freedoms, local media houses couldn't touch it even with a barge pole, while the few copies of the Financial Times that found their way to Nairobi were seized and destroyed at the airport. Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter said Masinga Dam has already exceeded its reservoir capacity to 1057.86 against its normal 1056.5 above the sea level which could result to flooding in areas like Garissa and Tana River counties. The first unit was commissioned in 1991 and the last in 1991. Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. The HVP is supplied by Challawa Gorge Dam on the Challawa River, upstream of Kano, which was finished in 1992. A symposium led by West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo and addressed by environmental experts heard that the dam is "fast dying" due to heavy siltation of Suam River basin, which feeds the gorge on which the dam is built. ii There was a problem processing your submission. AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. Development of Lower Turkwel Irrigation Project Summary. Now, you must 'return a hand' by helping the donkey catch up, or at least come closer to the horse. The Norwegians were overambitious to think they could freeze fish in very high temperatures using diesel-powered engines and still make a profit! The Kerio River, which begins in Kenya's Amasya Hills and drains into Lake Turkana, has a length of 217 miles. Flying back home from a presidential trip to Iraq and the United Arab Emirates in May 1980, Nicholas Biwott, then-minister of State for Regional Development, had moved from his seat at the front - next to President Daniel Moi - to the back, next to then-Energy minister Munyua Waiyaki. Waiyaki said the project sounded all right in principle, but said the two must loop in Vice-President and Finance minister Mwai Kibaki. Besides dismissing the report by a foreign agency with hands-on experience and knowledge of the terrain on which the dam was built, the Kenyan government declined cash assistance to conduct its own research on the viability of the project. The latter wasn't amused in the least. The project was initially supposed to cost 4 billion Kenyan shillings, but ended up costing more than 20 billion shilling. Ngong Hills Wind Farm ... the NDA has issued Letters of No Objection for more than 20 project proposals to the GCF for approval and funding since 2015 out of which 5 projects have been funded. Like the Kikuyu, those are 'horses'. Miriam Nabwire from Busia County, fries fish caught at Turkwel Dam in West Pokot County at the shores of the dam on October 29. The two counties straddle KenGen PLC’s Turkwel hydropower station that generates approximately 106 MW from the Turwel Gorge Dam. But there still was a "small nuisance" in then-powerful Chief Secretary Simeon Nyachae, who not only didn't see eye to eye with Biwott, but had his own ideas on how to go about the Turkwel project. Kenya has small hydro stations – Mesco, Ndula, Wanjii, Tana, Gogo … The project was initially supposed to cost 4 billion Kenyan shillings but ended up costing more than 20 billion. ", To make the point clearer, Biwott said to Waiyaki: "You Kikuyus are way ahead in development. A dam project in Turkey is stirring controversy with its plans to flood the ancient village of Hasankeyf, one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited settlements. Poacher and Drug Trafficker Mansour Extradited to the U.S. For most Kenyans the dam remains what the Kenyan Press in 1991 called 'the whitest of white elephants'. Kerio River. Biwott had a message for his Cabinet colleague and wanted to pass it while they were up in the skies, and away from anyone else's earshot. ... says project manager. The Turkwel Gorge hydroelectric power scheme, with a thin arch dam (155 m high and 150 m crest length), currently under construction, is original in as much that it is located in the vicinity of a collapse zone of the great East African Rift. “Turkwel Dam is expected to fill and spill for the first time. The Turkwel Gorge Project was incepted in 1986 and commissioned in 1991. I will come back to the contents of the report Kenyans weren't allowed to read. elsewhere. "Look," he told Waiyaki, "the President has been so kind and charitable to you people (meaning the Kikuyus). “It has a capacity of 1.6 billion m3 covering an area of 6,500 hectares and Kenya’s highest dam at 150 meters. Then Biwott came to the crux of the matter. In 1986, Kamau Ngotho, writing in the Sunday Nation, last month said: “So personalised was the Turkwel (Gorge Dam) project, that when the Ministry of Regional Development, under which KVDA fell, was carved out from Mr Biwott’s Ministry of Energy and Regional Development, President Daniel arap Moi issued an executive order that the parastatal be retained in Mr Biwott’s docket.” The Turkwel Hydroelectric Power Station\Turkwel Dam is located on the Turkwel River approx. Like the Arror and Kimwarer "fictitious" dams, the Turkwel dam project was cooked up in the smoke-filled kitchen of the Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA), a State corporation in the docket of then Energy minister Nicholas Biwott. More than 300,000 people will be displaced and Lodwar town endangered as Turkwel dam is likely to spill over due to heavy rains. Back in Nairobi, the two had a meeting with Kibaki. ", Then he added in a veiled threat: "You help us climb the ladder and the President will never let anybody touch you, and if you neglect us then don't blame us for what happens!". He concluded: "The French deal was only possible because of handsome profits for French executives involved, and the handsome kickbacks for their Kenyan counterparts.". In government records, the story of the two dams appeared for the first time in 1985, when the infamous Turkwel Dam was mooted in the same region. 3. Turkwel Dam. Project description. construction of the Turkwel Hydroelectric dam dried up the river in the downstream; it displaced many people1although in the same period it created casual or short term manual jobs for the locals and thirdly, both locally and internationally, the dam became a new field in Kenya on which there KVDA is mandated to plan, initiate, co-ordinate and monitor implementation projects that transcend administrative boundaries within KVDA's area of operation. The project was conceived as a multi-purpose project to develop dam to store water for hydropower generation, develop irrigation infrastructure for 30,000Ha for sugarcane production and for food production in the downstream, consumption for both households and livestock, environmental conservation, fisheries and tourist development. When the Financial Times of London published it, a few copies that found their way into the country were confiscated at JKIA and destroyed by security agents. The dam serves several purposes to include hydroelectric power production, irrigation tourism and fisheries. [2] General Directorate of Water Recourses,Iraqi Kurdistan Region "Shaqlawa “It has a capacity of 1.6 billion m3 covering an area of 6,500 hectares and Kenya’s highest dam at 150 meters. 76Km north of Kapenguria in West Pokot County, Kenya. The power project since commissioning has been operated by Kenya Power & Lighting Company (KPLC) and now by Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen). Genesis of the dams project. Kenya Governments has warn citizen to expect disaster after confirming two dams has reached it maximum capacity. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct. The event was initiated to engage elected leaders in a bid to develop their leadership potential as they take the stance of working for a common goal of developing West Pokot County. Almost 30 percent of the work is … By submitting above, you agree to our privacy policy. Long before the Turkwel project was mooted, they were first on the ground with the establishment of a community fishing venture that was supposed to change eating habits of the Turkana - from beef to fish - and interest them in a cash economy through exportation of frozen fish. Local and international impact reports have indicated the Turkana could start drying up once the huge dam, owned by Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCO), cuts … The plan was to harness the waters of the Turkwel. Uganda: Kampala-Entebbe Expressway, World's Most Expensive Road? It is operated by Kenya Electricity Generating Company Ltd. But Magugu - a "horse" - would only be a stop-gap measure. Then suddenly, in 1986, Nyachae was shown the door from his powerful perch and the state machinery instructed to cut him down to size. So far, only hydro-power development has been realized, which was implemented under the Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) from 1986 to 1991 when the power station was commissioned for commercial operation. “Turkwel Dam is expected to fill and spill for the first time. You must help us (meaning the President's community) come at least closer, if not be at par with you. Challawa Gorge also provides water for Kano City water supply. The Turkwel Hydroelectric Power Station, also Turkwel Dam, is an arch dam on the Turkwel River about 76 km (47 mi) north of Kapenguria in West Pokot County, Kenya. West Pokot County government has also embraced fish farming and it has introduced fingerlings at Turkwel dam. The irreversible disappearance of the dam will mean death of the Turkwel Dam Hydroelectric Power Project, just as happened with once vibrant irrigation projects served by the dam. ", The study said, if constructed, the dam would have "a deleterious effect on alluvium brought down by floods... and the lush vegetation of the riverine forest, to radically change the flow of Turkwel River through silting... ". The two projects, Arror multi-purpose dam and Kimwarer da, were to be constructed in Elgeyo Marakwet County, in Kapsaya, Marakwet West, and Talal respectively. Turkwel Hydroelectric Power Station Kenya is located at Rift Valley, Kenya. It has 4 unit(s). The dam partially filled the Turkwel Gorge. After all, who are Norwegians to tell us what not to do in our country?". Turkwel Dam is an arch dam and concrete dam that was completed in 1993. It has never filled up to its full supply level at 1150 meters above the sea level, since its construction from 1986 to 1991. The irreversible disappearance of the dam will mean death of the Turkwel Dam Hydroelectric Power Project, just as happened with once vibrant irrigation projects served by the dam. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Governor professor John Lonyang’apuo convened in Turkwel for a first Leadership SUMMIT organized by the Governor. As it turned out, Biwott had quietly vowed to revisit the matter - in his own time, on his own terms. On receiving the experts' report, the Ministry of Finance relegated Biwott's proposal where it belonged - in the dustbin. Saitoti - a professor of a discipline called "abstract algebra" - had his math all wrong. The water storage dam capacity is 1.6 billion cu. 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On return from Paris, Finance minister Saitoti - with Biwott egging him on the side - told the media with a straight face that on completion, the Turkwel project would be "the most cost-effective source of Kenya's future power generation". The Kerio and Turkwel rivers supply most of the water that flows into Lake Turkana within Kenya's borders. [Fred Kibor, Standard] Agencies warn that the dam, which has only 2.28 metres left before it is filled, could overflow around the end of this month. But a bigger blunder was lack of understanding of the terrain, and specifically that part of Lake Turkana disappears every 30 to 50 years. In it he wrote: "The French contract and financing conditions are extremely disadvantageous for Kenya. The area is prone to erratic rainfall patterns and perennial drought that can be attributed to the effects of global warming. The Turkwel Hydroelectric Power Station, also Turkwel Dam, is an arch dam on the Turkwel River . The latter had no objection, but said due process must be followed - which was to commission a feasibility study, and from which a paper would be prepared to be tabled before the Cabinet. The Turkwel Gorge Project, situated in north-west of Kenya, was conceived as a multi-purpose project including hydropower, agricultural development, fisheries and tourist development. This infrastructure is of TYPE Hydro Power Plant with a design capacity of 106 MWe. Katilu Irrigation scheme is located in Turkana County in south sub - county approximately 130km south of Lodwar town. AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa - aggregating, producing and distributing 600 news and information items daily from over 130 African news organizations and our own reporters to an African and global public. [2] General Directorate of Water Recourses,Iraqi Kurdistan Region "Shaqlawa It is a multi-purpose project that includes Hydropower, agriculture development, fisheries, and tourism development. Construction of hydro-power project (20 MW), Construction of the dam, appurtenant Works, access roads, hydropower plant, ii. Managing director David Kimosop said that West Pokot and Turkana counties would benefit from the project estimated to cost between Sh8 billion and Sh10 billion at the lower Turkwel Gorge hydro scheme. With the current rainfall being experienced and projected near normal rainfall in the catchment area around Mt Elgon during this October to December season, the dam is expected to fill up and overflow in November 2020.” ", Get the latest in African news delivered straight to your inbox. Coordination team assessing areas along the river basin dispel fears of flooding. Transformers were also priced at more than double the international price, said the memorandum. It is a multi-purpose project that includes Hydropower, agriculture development, fisheries, and tourism development. 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