Kenya signs China deal for coal plant beside Unesco site; Daniel Wesangula; Climate Home

Kenya – Lamu Old Town

Government assessment contains “grossly insufficient detail” about impact on world heritage site, said campaigners, who fear deal will prejudice an ongoing legal case.

A Kenyan delegation has inked a $2bn deal with Chinese company Power Global to finance a new coal plant adjacent to a Unesco world heritage site.

The deal was signed despite an ongoing court case in Kenya over its potential environmental and social impacts.

Environmentalists raised concerns this week that the implication of government support for the project would prejudice the findings of the tribunal, effectively rubberstamping the project.

Days before the controversial deal was signed, the tribunal had indicated it would be impartial after hearing submissions by the environmental groups and Amu Power, the company set to build the plant.

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