Tatu City signs up Kenya Power
Kenya Power and Tatu City, the mixed-use, mixed-income development near Nairobi, have signed a partnership to deliver power to Tatu City’s residents and businesses.
Implemented in stages, the partnership will see the construction of nine initial substations over three years, sufficient for power demands for the Kijani Ridge residential area, the central business district and Tatu Industrial Park, as well as infrastructure such as street lighting and the project’s water pumping station.
The second stage of the agreement will inaugurate a 110MVA substation, switching stations and a distribution network for power demand levels as Tatu City grows towards its estimated population of 100,000 residents, with tens of thousands of day visitors.
Speaking after signing the deal, Nick Langford, Kenya Country Head for Rendeavour, Tatu City’s owner and developer, said Tatu City’s current stage of development requires increased power supply for major residential and industrial projects.
“Early this year, Tatu City engaged Power Engineers, one of America’s largest power consulting engineering firms, to guide Tatu City on its power requirements,” Langford said. “We have always placed a premium on Tatu City’s infrastructure, and we are pleased to have agreed a comprehensive power solution with Kenya Power.”
Tatu City’s first residential phase, Kijani Ridge, has received strong interest from the market, with more than 70% of plots sold.
More than a dozen companies have announced plans to move to Tatu Industrial Park, including Dormans Ltd, Kim-Fay East Africa Ltd, Maiden Lane, Bidco, Chandaria Industries, and global consumer giant Unilever, which will build its manufacturing facility within Tatu City’s 420-acre light industrial zone.
Kenya Power’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ben Chumo, said the company continues to invest in power infrastructure and is in a position to supply uninterrupted power to large-scale developments like Tatu City.
“Kenya Power is pleased to conclude this agreement with Tatu City, and to provide power solutions to such a revolutionary project,” Chumo said.
About Kenya Power (www.kplc.co.ke)
Kenya Power owns and operates most of the electricity transmission and distribution system in the country and sells electricity to over 4.8 million customers (as at June 29, 2016). The Company’s key mandate is to plan for sufficient electricity generation and transmission capacity to meet demand; building and maintaining the power distribution and transmission network and retailing of electricity to its customers. The Government has a controlling stake at 50.1% of shareholding with private investors at 49.9%. Kenya Power is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
APPOLONIA BUSINESS PARK BREAKS GROUND IN GHANA
Appolonia Business Park has broken ground on its 70-acre (30 hectare) site, welcoming leading Ghanaian and international companies to the light industrial area of Appolonia, the mixed-use, mixed income development near Accra.
Inaugurated by U.S. Ambassador Robert Jackson and Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, represented by Frederick Alipui, Policy Advisor to the Minister, the event was also attended by representatives of European embassies in Ghana, as well as the Accra business community.
Ambassador Jackson, welcoming the presence of American investors in the project, said, “We congratulate Rendeavour for its dedication in bringing the Appolonia development to reality. It is really an investment in the future – positioning this area as a social and economic hub, with the potential to create significant jobs.”
“Projects such as Appolonia can bring immense benefits to the local community, Accra and the wider region,” said Frederick Alipui. “We are thankful to Rendeavour for the foresight to place one of its projects in Accra, ensuring that value is given the host nation.”
Stephen Jennings, Founder and CEO of Rendeavour, the lead investor and developer of Appolonia, said, “Appolonia Business Park’s high quality infrastructure and secure land title create an ideal environment for companies looking to expand their businesses in Ghana and West Africa. Furthermore, the neighbouring residential areas of Appolonia allow employees to live nearby their workplace, while enjoying amenities such as parks, schools, healthcare and shopping.”
Appolonia Business Park’s fully serviced plots include water, sewerage, storm drainage and a dedicated substation for electricity, in close proximity to residential and recreational facilities in the wider Appolonia project. The business park is designed to accommodate a range of uses, from manufacturing and processing to storage and logistics.
Appolonia will be home to more than 88,000 residents and 30,000 day visitors, creating tens of thousands of jobs during the lifetime of the project.
Appolonia Business Park
Appolonia Business Park offers 70 acres (30 hectares) of modern commercial areas with world-class infrastructure and estate management services. The park is designed to accommodate a range of uses including manufacturing, processing, storage, logistics and service companies.
NOVA ACADEMIES BRINGS FLAGSHIP CAMPUS TO TATU CITY IN KENYA
Students will soon be resident at Tatu City, the satellite city development near Nairobi, Kenya.
Nova Academies, a leading Kenya-based education provider, has announced that it will establish its flagship East African campus at the 2,500-acre mixed-use development.
Nova Academies will begin construction of its 25-acre site this year, with plans to open its Girls High School to over 120 students in 2017.
“We have found the ideal location for Nova Academies’ flagship campus,” said Chris Khaemba, Director, Nova Academies. “We’re delighted to be the first school to open at Tatu City and to widen the offering of our unique learning model to even more future innovators and leaders of Kenya.”
Nova Academies’ first school in Kenya launched in 2016, as a secondary boarding school for young men that uses the Kenyan national curriculum (8-4-4) integrated with methods from top schools from around the world. The same curriculum will be used at the Tatu City campus. Nova Academies also operates three schools in South Africa, ranging from pre-primary to secondary.
“Providing an education platform for residents is vital to the Tatu City community,” said Nick Langford, Kenya Country Head for Rendeavour, Tatu City’s owner and developer. “It is clear that Nova Academies’ leadership team has decades of experience working with some of the leading educational institutions and companies, both in Africa and around the world. Nova Academies is a perfect fit with the ethos of Tatu City.”
By 2019, the campus will welcome pre-school, primary and high school students. School fees will be affordable to middle class Kenyan families.
Tatu City has continued to roll out its mixed-use development in recent months, announcing new residential areas, as well as well-known local, regional and international companies moving to Tatu Industrial Park.
About Nova Academies (www.novaacademies.com/)
Nova Academies is a rapidly growing education company developing and operating world class, affordable secondary, primary, and pre-primary schools across the African continent. Nova Academies is currently operational in both Kenya and South Africa and will have five school campuses by 2017. The schools learning approach prepares students to be globally competitive innovators and leaders in the 21st century. Their signature pedagogy weaves together techniques used by the most forward-thinking schools globally to develop critical thinking, problem solving and other 21st century skills, in addition to the exceptional exam results students need to secure top university places.