Kengen pumps 165MW to National Grid

The government’s plan to replace thermal power with clean energy has received a major boost after Kengen pumped an extra 165Mw to the national grid. 

This came as the power generation company said that the Olkaria V power plant will be commissioned next month after its completion.

However consumers will have to wait lower for electricity charges to come down despite the completion of the plant located in the geothermal rich area of Olkaria Naivasha.

According to the CS for Energy Charles Keter, the two units of the plant were contributing a total of 165mw from the plant which was currently under trial.

Keter said that the government was keen to replace thermal power which is very expensive to produce and replace it with geothermal.

“Ahead of its commissioning Olkaria V is already producing 165mw but the process of bringing down the cost of electricity will take longer,” he said.

Keter added that the government was keen to explore more geothermal power from Naivasha adding that plans for the construction of Olkaria VI were underway.

“The evaluation process for the 140mw geothermal power plant is complete and we are now going into tendering process,” he said.

The CS was addressing the press in Olkaria Naivasha after hosting a delegation of Mps and senior government officers from Uganda.

On The Last Mile connectivity project, Keter said that 75 percent of the country could now access electricity with plans to cover all regions by 2022 on.

“We have a lot of financial support from donors on this project with the government keen to meet the universal access to electricity,” he said.

He noted that currently Kenya was receiving 50mw of hydro-power from Uganda at subsidized rates adding that they were keen to partner in terms of power generation.

On her part, Uganda Minister for Energy and Mineral Development Dr Mary Goreti Kitutu said her country was keen to learn about geothermal exploration.

Kitutu said that her country mostly relied on hydro-power though the southern parts had the potential of producing geothermal energy.

She was full of praise for gains made by Kengen in power production adding that they would in future seek expertise and human capacity in developing geothermal energy.

“Kenya has made huge strides in power production and whenever we need experts in geothermal production we shall definitely seek support from Kengen instead of going for foreigners,” she said.

  

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