KenGen Introduces Extensive Pipeline for Clean Energy Plant

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has launched an elaborate pipeline of clean energy projects aimed at promoting the economic development agenda of the country. According to Rebecca Miano, who serves as the Managing Director and the Chief Executive Officer, the company’s priority in the coming 12 months, is supplying the Olkaria I Unit 6 geothermal power station that will contribute 83.3 MW to the power grid. KenGen is also continuing its program for geothermal exploration in Olkaria. To date, more than 310 wells have been drilled to sustain their geothermal-led strategy. 

In addition, Miano said that the procurement of the Olkaria I power station redevelopment, that aims to raise the available capacity of the plant from the present 45 MW to around 50 MW as well as to prolong its life by 25 years, was in the final stages. KenGen recently shortlisted four businesses for a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for the implementation of the Olkaria VI facility, which is expected to contribute 140 MW to the power grid. 

Other initiatives under separate execution phases also include the redevelopment of the Migori County Gogo Power Station, which is targeted at increasing the existing installed power from the current 2MW to around 10MW, increasing Masinga dam Spillway to raise storage and control by an extra 1.5 meters generation capability, a feasibility report to assess Wind Power’s ability the use of natural gas in Marsabit to be able to expand baseload capability, complement the geothermal energy as well as minimize the cost of electricity linked with the production of diesel.

The company is also talking with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services to determine the feasibility of the installation of urban energy waste to the power plant whose ultimate aim is to clean up the atmosphere while producing power for the national growth of the country. Speaking at the company’s inaugural Energy Café, Miano said that the move would boost the energy portfolio of KenGen as well as stimulate development, improve food security and education, universal health care, and decent housing across the nation.

“Our capacity addition policy remains consistent with the Big 4 Agenda of the Nation, the blueprint for implementation of Vision 2030 as well as medium-term development plans. This is crucial in endorsing the government’s strategy to provide electricity with universal access, ” the MD went on to add. 

The Managing Director also outlined the diversification strategy of the organization, saying that KenGen focuses on revenue streams for non-energy generation, including fracking, consulting, operations as well as maintenance services, and training by exploiting its capital, primarily equipment and the technical skills. She continued to say that the firm was keen on offering staff an incentive to innovate and undertake corporate development strategies in order to ensure business profitability.