Commissioning tests resume at KenGen’s Olkaria V Power Plant

Written By: Beth Nyaga

Commissioning tests resume at KenGen’s Olkaria V Power Plant

Power plant commissioning tests have resumed at KenGen’s Olkaria V Power Plant after the process was suspended briefly following an incident that occurred at the construction site over the weekend.

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The incident led to the injury of 10 workers.

Nine of the injured were treated and discharged while one was referred to Nairobi for further treatment.

He is stable and injuries sustained are being managed.

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This incident occurred on Friday, July 12th, 2019 at about 4 pm, while the team was preparing one of the units in order to step up power from 43MW to 65MW.

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The incident occurred after the operation of high-pressure safety safeguards.

The safety systems operated as designed but in the process, this triggered a stampede among the workers in the vicinity, some of who sustained injuries and were immediately rushed to hospital in Naivasha.

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KenGen has contracted a Consortium of Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd (MHPS) and H-Young (EA) Ltd for the Olkaria V Geothermal Power Project.

The multi-million shillings project was officially launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in April 2017.

Upon completion of the 165MW Olkaria V, KenGen’s installed geothermal capacity will be 680MW, tilting the company’s scale to about 1,790MW.

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KenGen’s current installed capacity is 1,631MW.

KenGen is optimistic that the ongoing commissioning tests which are the last stage of the Ksh.40 billion power plant construction will be concluded in time for commissioning albeit with slight delays as a result of the unforeseen incident.



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