ESF Consultants was contracted by KenGen to assess the environmental and social impact of the Kipevu III & IV GT project. This is a Simple Cycle 80MW Gas Turbine (GT) at Kipevu Jetty in the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa. The purpose of the project is to provide 70MW (35 MWx2) of electricity to the grid using turbines initially running on Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) project in the region and the nation at large.
The study involved identifying both positive and negative impacts and the most appropriate interventions during construction, implementation, operation and decommissioning, collect baseline socioeconomic data of the project area and potential impact expected from project construction, implementation, operation and decommissioning, develop an environmental monitoring program during construction and operation and present plans to minimize, mitigate, or eliminate negative effects and impacts and describe how this plan will be implemented, reviewing of the power plant design and its compliance to environmental requirements, identification and contact stakeholders, facilitate and rapporteur public consultation and workshops’ at an appropriate time in the assignment schedule. ESF calculated and predicted the emission from the plant and modelled the plume dispersal. An ambient analysis of the area was also assessed to determine the cumulative effect of the plant in the ambient air quality.