Power producer KenGen’s 83MW Olkaria 1 Unit 6 geothermal plant nears completion

KENYA –  Leading electric power generating company Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) says that the construction of the 83 megawatts (MW) Olkaria 1 Unit 6 geothermal plant is nearly complete and is expected to be added to the grid in early 2022. The firm’s Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Miano said once the plant is operational, it will help drive down…

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Power producer KenGen receives fifth ISO re-certification

KENYA – Kenya Generating Electricity Company (KenGen) PLC has received its fifth ISO re-certification after successfully going through rigorous audits conducted by Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification services to confirm the company’s conformity to the international standards. KenGen Quality Management Systems (QMS) and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) were audited in June 2021 and found to…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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