Amu Coal – 2017


A major coal plant on the mainland near the island and historic town of Lamu, a world Heritage cultural site, has been proposed by a consortium involving Kenyan and Middle Eastern energy companies with high political connections in Kenya.

Fierce opposition to the plant emerged in the Lamu community and across Kenya, questioning the value of putting such a highly-polluting energy plant in as near pristine a place as is now possible, and where there is not sufficient energy demand. Mining of coal was also proposed from Kitui, Machakos County, though of a particularly ‘dirty’ and inefficient variety of coal.

Various documents opposing the coal plant are presented here, documenting David Obura’s role as an expert witness in a case brought by Save Lamu, against the coal plant owners, Amu Power and NEMA, the government authority for environmental assessments. The work was supported by Natural Justice and Katiba Institute.

Background reading:

Conversation Africa website: September 19, 2017. The environmental impact of a coal plant on Kenya’s coast is being underplayed. David Obura.

Swara Magazine: July-September 2017. A coal plant in Lamu. Rupi Mangat.

UN Environment: 2017. The Impacts on the Community of the Proposed Coal Plant in Lamu. Perspectives #31. DeCOALonize