Community and Environmental Benefits
As part of its CSR, KEP refurbished the Olyankalani Clinic in Kipeto serving more than 5,000 residents in Kipeto, Kilonito, lldamat and Oldonyo Sidai areas at a cost of 3.5 million shillings.
KEP has committed to invest 20 million Kenya Shilling during the construction phase of the project, to be administered through a Community Investment Committee. Once operational, KEP will pay 5% of funds available to shareholders into a Community Trust to support local development efforts. It is anticipated that more than 400 local job opportunities will be created during construction phase of the project and 70 permanent jobs during the operational phase
A vulture colony exists approximately 14km from the project site. With the re-classification of vultures as ‘critically endangered’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), KEP is working with world leading Ornithologists to ensure that a “net-gain” in vulture populations in the project area is achieved. The initiatives to address this are being implemented in collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Service, the National Museums of Kenya and several Avifauna NGOs. They are captured in an agreed Biodiversity Action Plan which also complies with the IFC Performance Standards.