Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) expects enhanced and reliable power supply to western region with planned upgrade of Gogo Hydropower station from the current 2 megawatts to 8.6 megawatts.
This follows the approval of Gogo Hydropower Redevelopment Project by the Cabinet during Monday sitting at Kisumu State Lodge.
“The Cabinet’s approval of the Gogo Hydropower Redevelopment Project is a momentous milestone for the people of Western Kenya and a testament to the government’s commitment to regional development,” said Peter Njenga, KenGen Managing Director.
The aging hydropower station along River Kuja in Migori County according to Njenga has been suffering frequent breakdowns and sourcing for spare parts has been a challenge to the country’s power generator.
The redevelopment of the hydropower station is also backed to help in advancing economic development of Nyanza and Western regions as well as support Kenya’s 100pc energy transition by 2030.
“This project not only signifies progress in the energy sector, but also holds the promise of economic growth, job creation and improved livelihoods for our communities while contributing to our clean energy goals,” added Njenga.
Western region already hosts several significant power plants, including 60MW Sondu Miriu Hydropower Plant, Sang’oro Hydropower Plant with a capacity of 20MW and Turkwel Hydropower Plant with a capacity of 105MW.
KenGen says the increased power generation capacity of the Gogo Hydropower, coupled with the contributions from existing power plants, will provide a reliable and steady supply of electricity and in turn boost local industries, create job opportunities and enhance the overall quality of life.