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Kenyan courts consider terminating biofuel plans

Source:  Copyright 2008, Environmental News Network
Date:  August 6, 2008
Original URL: Status ONLINE

The Kenyan courts are considering halting the first stage of a US$370 million biofuel project that aims to replace up to 20,000 hectares of coastal grassland with irrigated fields of sugarcane.

A judicial review of the project, based at the Tana River Delta on the northern Kenyan coast, was granted last month (11 July) after a campaign from environmental groups such as Nature Kenya and the East Africa Wildlife Society,and nomadic cattle-farming groups.

The project is intended to generate electricity — up to 34 megawatts a day at its peak — from sugar refining and up to 20 million litres of ethanol fuel annually from molasses.

The Tana River Development Authority, under the Ministry for Regional Development, and Kenya's biggest sugar miller, Mumias, are partners in the project.

The National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) approved the first stage of the three-stage project on 19 June this year, with ...

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