Akiira geothermal project in Kenya wins acceptance of locals
Following tough times due to local opposition, the private Akiira Geothermal Company has now gained acceptance by the local community for its project.
Having faced strong local opposition from communities at Kedong and Lapland in Naivasha, Kenya, it now seems that Akiira Geothermal Company has won acceptance for its project.
The project with an estimated investment volume of KSH 10 billion (around USD 92 million), plans to develop a geothermal power project. We have been reporting on the project, the challenges on its first wells and local opposition.
Having fallen out with the company, local communities have now given the green light, following a consultative meeting held with stakeholders in which the environmental audit report was introduced, so KBC.
The challenges seem to have risen due to misinformation over the scope of the planned work and its environmental impact. Despite the failure of initial drilling, the community has benefited from the project e.g. with water access and education for children.
The company has installed a community liaison officer who emphasises the company’s will to have open communication channels with the community.
The communities had opposed the project arguing that some of the families had been oppressed for years.