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. Then Biwott came to the crux of the matter. 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! 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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. This infrastructure is of TYPE Hydro Power Plant with a design capacity of 106 MWe. Ferguson's Bay, on which the fish project was built, finally disappeared from the map in the early 1980s, leaving a Norwegian fishing vessel - christened Uji - stuck in the mud in the middle of nowhere! 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. 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. The dam serves several purposes to include hydroelectric power production, irrigation tourism and fisheries. 76Km north of Kapenguria in West Pokot County, Kenya. Biwott's moment had finally come. We operate from Cape Town, Dakar, Abuja, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Washington DC. The Norwegians were overambitious to think they could freeze fish in very high temperatures using diesel-powered engines and still make a profit! "Look," he told Waiyaki, "the President has been so kind and charitable to you people (meaning the Kikuyus). 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. 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 … Katilu Irrigation scheme is located in Turkana County in south sub - county approximately 130km south of Lodwar town. 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". But a bigger blunder was lack of understanding of the terrain, and specifically that part of Lake Turkana disappears every 30 to 50 years. 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. 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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.” 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 least he should have done to thank the President is to let Turkwel project go through. ", 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!". The Turkwell Gorge Hydro Electric Dam Project was commissioned in 1986 and completed by French company Spie Batignolles in 1991. Waiyaki said the project sounded all right in principle, but said the two must loop in Vice-President and Finance minister Mwai Kibaki. The project was initially supposed to cost 4 billion Kenyan shillings but ended up costing more than 20 billion. The Turkwel Hydroelectric Power Station\Turkwel Dam is located on the Turkwel River approx. The project is located in Kenya. The project was initially supposed to cost 4 billion Kenyan shillings, but ended up costing more than 20 billion shilling. metres and covers 6500 hectares. The Water Resource Management Authority has sounded an alert to those residing near the Turkwel Dam that due to ongoing heavy rains in the Mount Elgon escarpment the dam will spill anytime from next week. Why the Rising Water Levels in East Africa's Rift Valley Lakes? 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. Naomi Campbell's Kenya Tourism Ambassador Role Causes a Stir, Covid-19 'Explosion' Feared at Kenyan Schools. Turkwel Dam, along the Turkwel Gorge in northwestern Kenya, was commissioned in 1991 and has a power output of 106 MW. The water used in dam-type power plants travels from an opening that takes in water, called the intake gate, to the hydraulic turbine via steel pipes. The Kerio and Turkwel rivers supply most of the water that flows into Lake Turkana within Kenya's borders. The controversial Turkwel Dam was built by the Kenyan government from 1986 to 1991 with the help of France. The Kerio River, which begins in Kenya's Amasya Hills and drains into Lake Turkana, has a length of 217 miles. Completed in 1991, the dam is also used to supply water for irrigation. 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. (Bastora) Dam and Irrigation Project Design- Volume1" B y El Concorde / MWH, 2007. Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. Turkwel Dam is an arch dam and concrete dam that was completed in 1993. It is a multi-purpose project that includes Hydropower, agriculture development, fisheries, and tourism development. Museveni Facing Struggle to Win Back the West in Latest Victory, Nigerian President Appoints New Civil Defence Boss. Back in Nairobi, the two had a meeting with Kibaki. The HVP is supplied by Challawa Gorge Dam on the Challawa River, upstream of Kano, which was finished in 1992. The Turkwel multipurpose dam, with an associated 106 MW hydropower plant, in northwestern Kenya, impounds a reservoir covering 6500 ha with a storage capacity of 1.6 x 10 9 m ³. The Turkwel Hydroelectric Power Station\Turkwel Dam is located on the Turkwel River approx. The other rivers, Turkwel and Kerio are seasonal and can barely sustain the lake’s water level. The study advised against construction of a dam on the Turkwel River, the main reason being that the chosen site "lies on a major earthquake fault-line and would silt up in less than 50 years (that is nine years from now). 76Km north of Kapenguria in West Pokot County, Kenya. Turkwel Dam Scandal. In 1986, the Kenyan government, with assistance from France, began constructing the Turkwel Dam along the river as part of a hydroelectric power project. Kenyatta Hint at Rotational Presidency a Bid to Block DP Ruto? 3. The plan was to harness the waters of the Turkwel. Almost 30 percent of the work is … 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. In the next reshuffle not long after, Biwott's chosen "mule", George Saitoti - he was neither horse nor donkey - was appointed minister for Finance and Economic Planning. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. 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. The Turkwel Hydroelectric Power Station, also Turkwel Dam, is an arch dam on the Turkwel River . There was a problem processing your submission. Prior to the completion of the project the French Government wrote off US $ 35.7 million. THE TURKWEL HYDROPOWER PROJECT NEAR THE KENYAN RIFT VALLEY 139 4 CHARACTERISTICS OF ROCK FACIES 4.1 Lithology (a) Orthogneiss (dam site). The people I am calling 'donkeys' are Tugens, Keiyos, and other pastoralists in Rift Valley.". 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. (Bastora) Dam and Irrigation Project Design- Volume1" B y El Concorde / MWH, 2007. The Turkwell Gorge Hydro Electric Dam Project was commissioned in 1986 and completed by the French company Spie Batignolles in 1991. 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. Coordination team assessing areas along the river basin dispel fears of flooding. 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.". It was constructed between 1986 and 1991. It supports the third largest hydroelectric power plant in the country, having an installed electric capacity of 106 megawatts (142,000 hp). The county is banking on the project to change livelihoods in the region. It has 4 unit(s). The plan was to harness the waters of the Turkwel. 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. I will come back to the contents of the report Kenyans weren't allowed to read. 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. Governor professor John Lonyang’apuo convened in Turkwel for a first Leadership SUMMIT organized by the Governor. 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. Then suddenly, in 1986, Nyachae was shown the door from his powerful perch and the state machinery instructed to cut him down to size. Recent Articles Consultancy services sought for Fierza rehabilitation, Albania 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 … KVDA is mandated to plan, initiate, co-ordinate and monitor implementation projects that transcend administrative boundaries within KVDA's area of operation. The Turkwel Dam project in north-west Kenya can be used to illustrate much about Kenya's path to development in the period since Independence in 1963. On receiving the experts' report, the Ministry of Finance relegated Biwott's proposal where it belonged - in the dustbin. 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. The Kerio River has two main tributaries, the Embobut River and the Arror River, both of which f… Development of Lower Turkwel Irrigation Project Summary. ii The mission was almost accomplished. 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 dams in question are Masinga and Turkwel with the former having already exceeded its reservoir capacity to 1057.86 against its normal 1056.5 above the sea level. The construction of the dam is one of the controversial projects that characterized former president Moi's administration in the late 80s and early 90s. Introduction. metres and covers 6500 hectares. The controversial Turkwel Dam was built by the Kenyan government from 1986 to 1991 with the help of France. 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. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct. As it turned out, Biwott had quietly vowed to revisit the matter - in his own time, on his own terms. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us. 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. Turkwel Hydroelectric Power Station Kenya is located at Rift Valley, Kenya. Water is also released from this dam to supply Kano City. 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. 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. All elected leaders in the county led by H.E. The Turkwel Hydroelectric Power Station, also Turkwel Dam, is an arch dam on the Turkwel River 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. 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. Turkwel Dam. 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. Waiyaki, as he was to tell me years later, told Biwott he had no objection to the proposition, but quickly reminded him that Nandi, Kericho and Uasin Gishu districts were as developed as central Kenya, to which Biwott quickly replied: "True, the Nandi and the Kipsigis are the Kikuyu of Kalenjin-land. 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 Turkwel Dam is on the verge of spilling. Location coordinates are: Latitude= 1.9137542385215, Longitude= 35.344305038452. A Norwegian engineering and consulting firm, NorConsult, was engaged to conduct the study. The second major irrigation scheme within the river basin, the Hadejia Valley Project (HVP), is under construction. Turkana disaster fears as Turkwel dam threatens to spill over. First, he would scheme to have himself appointed the minister for Energy. 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 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. Instead, the project was bulldozed through - and at a highly exaggerated cost - on sole consideration of the handsome kickbacks paid to the Kenyan officials, a confidential report by then-European Union (EU) head of mission in Kenya revealed. 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. Sondu Miriu is the most recent project, with an output of 60 MW. Construction of hydro-power project (20 MW), Construction of the dam, appurtenant Works, access roads, hydropower plant, ii. It would generate power to feed the national grid and provide water to irrigate the arid Turkana and West Pokot districts. The controversial Turkwel Dam was built by the Kenyan government from 1986 to 1991 with the help of France. The project was initially supposed to cost 4 billion Kenyan shillings, but ended up costing more than 20 billion shilling.The dam partially filled the Turkwel Gorge and created the Turkwel Gorge Reservoir. 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. According to the authorities, water in the dam … Copies of the secret memo to the EU were leaked to the local press and to the Financial Times of London. Several small-scale irrigation projects depend on the river water or shallow boreholes linked to it. Engineers say at its inflated cost and distant location (the now worn out high voltage cables run over 120 miles to connect to the national grid), Turkwel is the most expensive power-generating plant in the country and the region! Counties. But Kenyan officials nevertheless chose the far more expensive model of financing". 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 Turkey has started filling the dam basin, a step that has alarmed neighboring Iraq, which is struggling with a water crisis. Turkwel Gorge Dam (TGD, 37km2 reservoir area, Lehner et al., 2011) produces106 MW, which is the third largest hydroelectric power output of the country (KENGEN, 2017). ", Get the latest in African news delivered straight to your inbox. More than 300,000 people will be displaced and Lodwar town endangered as Turkwel dam is likely to spill over due to heavy rains. ", To make the point clearer, Biwott said to Waiyaki: "You Kikuyus are way ahead in development. It is a multi-purpose project that includes Hydropower, agriculture development, fisheries, and tourism development. 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. ", 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 orthogneiss pluton intrudes the metamorphic series where it forms a lens 2.5 km wide by 8 km long, the entire structure having an anticlinal form. [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. For most Kenyans the dam remains what the Kenyan Press in 1991 called 'the whitest of white elephants'. Turkwel at inception was a multipurpose project comprising hydro-power, agricultural, fisheries and tourism developments. Turkwel power generating plant in West Pokot County will be revived by KenGen in move to curb insecurity. It uses water from Turkwel River which flows from Mount Elgon catchment area (Suam) in the border of Kenya and Uganda. But Magugu - a "horse" - would only be a stop-gap measure. He concluded: "The French deal was only possible because of handsome profits for French executives involved, and the handsome kickbacks for their Kenyan counterparts.". 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 … It is operated by Kenya Electricity Generating Company Ltd. Like Cabinet Secretary … The water storage dam capacity is 1.6 billion cu. 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. 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. 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. The choice was informed by the fact that the Norwegians had projects in northern Kenya and were therefore equipped with useful knowledge and experience on the terrain. Three days after sealing of the deal with French design and engineering company Sogreah and Spie Batignolles, the European Union chief delegate to Kenya, Achim Kratz, dispatched an eight-page secret memorandum to the EU headquarters in Brussels. 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. Saitoti - a professor of a discipline called "abstract algebra" - had his math all wrong. Please try again later. 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 . 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. Like the Kikuyu, those are 'horses'. It has never filled up to its full supply level at 1150 meters above the sea level, since its construction from 1986 to 1991. 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. ... says project manager. [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. The Turkwel Hydroelectric Power Station, also Turkwel Dam, is an arch dam on the Turkwel River . West Pokot County government has also embraced fish farming and it has introduced fingerlings at Turkwel dam. 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. Project description. The ancient settlement of Hasankeyf will soon be submerged as part of a controversial dam project – despite residents’ protests Tessa Fox Thu 12 … Kenya has small hydro stations – Mesco, Ndula, Wanjii, Tana, Gogo … 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. The power project since commissioning has been operated by Kenya Power & Lighting Company (KPLC) and now by Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen). Turkwel Dam is expected to fill and spill for the first time. Yet that wouldn't have come to pass had the government not thrown out of the window an experts' report advising against construction of the dam. The Turkwel Gorge Project was incepted in 1986 and commissioned in 1991. Miriam Nabwire from Busia County, fries fish caught at Turkwel Dam in West Pokot County at the shores of the dam on October 29. Turkwel Dam. The Turkwel Dam is on the verge of spilling. Project description. Kenya Governments has warn citizen to expect disaster after confirming two dams has reached it maximum capacity. You have the vice presidency, the Finance ministry, and the ministerial dockets with the biggest budgets. 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. elsewhere. The Turkwel Dam project was completed by the French in 1991, two years ahead of the estimated schedule. The Norwegians knew better, having previously burnt their fingers and thus learnt the hard way. “Turkwel Dam is expected to fill and spill for the first time. 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