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