In a blow to coal proponents, the National Environmental Court of Kenya has suspended the building of a controversial coal-fired power plant on the Lamu Archipelago.
The Lamu Archipelago is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the north coast of Kenya. The proposed EUR2-billion project caused an outcry amongst environmentalists. The construction of the power plant, which is reportedly financed by China, has been a stop-start affair since early 2015.
Judge Mohammed Balala ruled in favour of a group of Lamu residents and representatives of various nature conservation organisations and NGOs, and cancelled an earlier court decision granting a license to the Amu Power joint venture to build the plant. The joint venture has not, however, indicated whether it intends to appeal the decision.