KenGen launches new 83MW project
SEE ALSO :Land issues stall Meru wind projectPresident Kenyatta lauded the company’s contribution to Kenya’s energy security. Stable energy “These plans resonate well with our development agenda which heavily depends on energy for actualisation. Besides, geothermal, which is one of Kenya’s major sources, is a stable source of energy,” he said. KenGen has an installed energy capacity of 1,631MW with leading energy type being hydro (818MW) followed by geothermal at 534MW, thermal at 253.5MW and wind at 25.5MW. The country’s total installed capacity is 2,370MW. Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter said the Government had formulated strategies geared towards rapidly expanding the country’s power capacity.
SEE ALSO :KenGen to operate nuclear power plant“These strategies will further expand and upgrade transmission and distribution networks and also develop renewable sources of energy,” he added. The contract for engineering, procurement and construction of the new power plant has been awarded to a Japanese company, Marubeni Corporation. KenGen Managing Director Rebecca Miano said the additional power plant was aligned to the company’s long-term strategy for ensuring a sustainable supply of renewable energy. “KenGen has realised incremental growth in geothermal power, a major catalyst in meeting the country’s growing electricity demand,” she said. At the same time, Uhuru directed KenGen to facilitate infrastructure projects in Naivasha to help the area residents.