Power producer Kengen to invest US$2b in new geothermal power plants in Kenya

KENYA – Electricity producer Kenya Electricity Generating Company (Kengen), has disclosed plans to invest as much as KSh216 billion (US$2 billion) in four new power plants in Kenya over the next five years, Bloomberg reports. The leading power generator is shifting focus from sources like hydroelectric power and thermal power to geothermal power. Kengen is the largest energy generating company in East Africa and has also drilled over 310 geothermal wells since its establishment and supplied 1,818 Megawatts to the national grid. Geothermal energy is becoming a major source of…

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Power producer KenGen to earn US$1.1m from 550,981 carbon credits sale

KENYA – Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is set to benefit from its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects, earning an estimated KSh 119 million (US$1.1 million). This follows the issuance of additional 309,495 Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) for KenGen’s Olkaria II CDM Project by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), bringing the total amount of issued carbon credits to 550,981. According to Rebecca Miano, KenGen Managing Director and CEO, climate change has become one of the biggest global environmental challenges and has created an urgent need for…

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Power producer KenGen begins drilling for Ethiopia Electric Power geothermal well

ETHIOPIA – Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has begun drilling the first geothermal well for Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP) company. The commencement of the drilling sets into motion Phase II of the US$70.4 million contract. The power generator’s Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca Miano, through a statement said the works began in late May 2021 where the company drilled 29 metres. “The exercise started on Saturday, 29 May 2021, whereby the first hole section was drilled to 29 metres within eight hours. So far, drilling operations are running smoothly as…

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Power producer KenGen to commission 83MW Olkaria I plant by close of 2021

KENYA – Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), the country’s largest power producer, plans to commission unit 6 of its Olkaria I geothermal power plant before the end of 2021. The steam plant is being built by Japanese companies Marubeni Corporation and Fuji Electric. The contractor of the geothermal power plant had pledged to deliver the entire facility by 2021a s reported by Afrik 21 in 2018. According to Rebecca Miano, KenGen’s Chief Executive Officer, who recently spoke at an online conference, the new steam turbine will be operational by the…

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Power producer KenGen wins US$6.5m tender to drill geothermal wells in Djibouti

DJIBOUTI – Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has won yet another international contract to drill three geothermal wells in Djibouti. The geothermal power producer has signed US$6.48 million contract with Office Djiboutien De Development De lenergie Geothermique at a ceremony, in Galla Le Koma, Djibouti which was attended by Kenya’s Energy Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Charles Keter, and KenGen Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca Miano. Speaking during the event, Keter pointed out that African nations shared the common aspiration of delivering electricity to their people. “Although energy access policies have continued…

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Kipeto Energy wind farm to supply 100MW to Kenya’s national grid

KENYA – The second-largest wind power farm in Kenya Kipeto Energy, has announced that it will start feeding electricity to the national grid beginning next week having connected the Kipeto wind farm to the national grid and would now gradually start testing and switching on the turbines. Kipeto Energy, in a statement, said it had connected a 17km (220KV) high-voltage transmission line, linking the wind plant to the national grid at the Isinya Sub-station, and that it was ready to go live. The wind plant has an installed capacity of…

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Kenya drops IPPs for KenGen to generate clean and affordable energy

KENYA – Kenya has dropped Independent Power Producers (IPPs) as private project partners in geothermal power production due to their perceived “sluggishness” in supporting government efforts to generate clean and cheaper energy. Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter told The EastAfrican that the government will, instead, work with the state-owned power producer KenGen in the second and third phases of the 465MW geothermal power production at Menengai Geothermal fields, about 185 kilometres northwest of the capital Nairobi. The initial phase involves generation of 105MW of geothermal power while the second and third phases…

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Kengen set to generate power from solid waste

KENYA – Power producer, KenGen has mooted plans to generate electricity from Nairobi’s garbage as part of its green initiative.  Speaking at a virtual forum with journalist, KenGen managing director Rebecca Miano said they would soon close the request for feasibility studies before settling on a suitable applicant.  ”This is part of our diversification strategy and effort to conserve the environment. We signed this deal with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) in August,” Miano said.  NMS is expected to avail land near or at the Nairobi’s Dandora dumpsite in addition…

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Geothermal power producer Kengen to manufacture solar panels

KENYA – Kenya’s geothermal power producer KenGen is gearing up to start manufacture of solar panels as it looks to tap the growing local market for solar products. The company has in the recent past been diversifying its revenue streams and reducing dependence on the sale of electricity and among the areas that it has set sights on is the manufacture of solar panels. “The Company is targeting the growing demand for solar-related products within the country. To actualise this, KenGen has commissioned a team of seven engineers to commence…

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Power producer KenGen renews Carbon Credits Scheme with UNFCCC

KENYA – Electricity generator Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has renewed its registration of the Olkaria II 35 MW expansion under the Clean Development Mechanism. The project was first registered under the CDM scheme in 2010. A World Bank report describes the project as “the first CDM project to issue Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) in Kenya.” With estimated certified emission reductions (CERs) of 78,640 metric tonnes carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent per annum, KenGen expects 550,480.00 metric tonnes CO2 equivalent with potential earnings of USD 1,100,960 based on a conservative market value of…

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