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Overview

KenGen was incorporated on 1 February 1954 under the Companies Act (Chapter 486 of the Laws of Kenya) as Kenya Power Company (KPC) to construct the transmission line between Nairobi and Tororo in Uganda as well as to develop geothermal and other generating facilities in the country. Since its inception, KPC sold electricity in bulk at cost to Kenya Power under a management contract.

Following the energy sectoral reforms in 1996, the management of KPC was formally separated from Kenya Power and renamed KenGen in January 1997. In 2006, KenGen was listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange after the Government of Kenya sold 30% of its stake in the company through a very successful Initial Public Offer (IPO).

KenGen owns thirty one (31) power generating plants with a combined installed capacity of 1,337MW from diverse generation modes comprising of hydro, thermal, geothermal and wind technologies as follows:

Hydroelectric Power Plants
• Gitaru 225 MW
• Gogo 2 MW
• Kamburu 94.2 MW
• Kiambere 168 MW
• Kindaruma 72 MW
• Masinga 40 MW
• Mesco 0.38 MW
• Sagana 1.5 MW
• Sondu 60 MW
• Sosiani 0.4 MW
• Tana 20 MW
• Turkwel 106 MW
• Wanjii 7.4 MW
• Sangoro 21MW
• Ndula 2MW

Geothermal Power Plants
• Olkaria I 45 MW
• Olkaria II 105 MW
• Eburru 2.5 MW
• Wellheads (5 Units) 30.6 MW
• Olkaria IV Unit 1 73MW

Thermal Power Plants
• Kipevu III Diesel 120 MW
• Kipevu I Diesel 73.5 MW
• Embakasi Gas Turbine 54 MW
• Lamu 2.8 MW
• Garissa 5.9 MW

Wind
• Ngong Wind Power 5.1 MW

KenGen operates in a liberalised power generation environment and sells all electric power generated in bulk to Kenya Power, who then distributes it to consumers. As at 25th January 2016, the Company had a work force of 2,407 staff with a wealth of experience in various disciplines.

This workforce is necessary as the Company seeks to maintain leadership in the electric energy sub-sector in Kenya and Eastern Africa Region. To ensure business success, the Company efficiently generates competitively priced electric energy using state of the art technology, skilled and motivated human resource. This success is anchored on engrained core values of professionalism, integrity, safety culture and team spirit.

The Company is further propelled by the Good-to-Great (G2G) transformation strategy of moving from a “Good Company” to a “Great Company” through the creation of sustainable value from “One Generation” to the “Next Generation”. Under this strategic direction, KenGen has entered a phase of scaling up geothermal development which is evident in the Company’s investment and achievements during this fiscal year.

Our Values

Vision

To be the market leader in the provision of reliable, safe, quality and competitively priced electric energy in the Eastern Africa region.

Mission

To efficiently generate competitively priced electric energy using state of the art technology, skilled and motivated human resource to ensure financial success. We shall achieve market leadership by undertaking least cost and environmentally friendly capacity expansion. Consistent with our corporate culture, our core values will be adhered to in all operations.


Our Promise

 

We promise to create value for all our stakeholders cutting across our shareholders, employees, communities neighbouring our plants and our fellow citizens. We will continue focusing in achieving sustainability in value creation from the “present generation” of Kenyans to the “next and future generation” of Kenyans.

Our long-term commitment is to empower our people and our economy with reliable, safe and competitively-priced electric energy that is environmentally friendly and continue being a socially responsible Company.

 

CSR

Impacting Lives through Corporate Social Responsibility 

The Company continues to dedicate a part of its profit to social responsibility activities aimed at enhancing the living standards of those living close to its installations and all Kenyans in general. There are three main focus areas namely : Water And Sanitation, Education and Environmental Conservation. Other sponsorship categories including support to sporting activities, peace building&culture and health care provision are grouped under a banner  called 'Others'. 

 

Water And Sanitation  

Today, Kenya is classified as a water-stressed country.  Like in many African countries, lack of safe drinking water is the cause of socio-economic problems including starvation and disease. The challenge is even more pronounced in rural areas where women and children walk long distances daily in search of water, which is sometimes polluted. Waterborne diseases are still a concern as many people succumb to them annually. One of KenGen’s CSR programme areas of focus is provision of water to communities through establishment of water collection points, support to water distribution infrastructure, and construction of sand dams for water storage.

The projects that have been supported by various community projects around Olkaria, Sondu,  Turkwel  and the Eastern Hydros. The Sondu water project has been a huge success, with more than  20,000 people benefitting from it.

At the Eastern Hydros, the innovative sand dams are helping local communities to access water for livestock, agriculture and domestic use

Education

With a focus on education as part of its corporate social responsibility, the company continues to offer scholarships for both secondary and university students from schools near its installations. The scholarship programme, started in 2005, continues to  provide  bright, disadvantaged children with an opportunity to change their destiny, enabling them to access education by meeting all tuition and boarding fees.  

Currently, the company is sponsoring eighty 156 students in secondary school and in public universities. A total of 350 beneficiaries have already completed their education , thanks to the KenGen scholarship scheme that also guarantees excellent performers with permanent employment opportunities across the company. 
 

Environmental Conservation

In Kenya, the effects of climate change and other environmental challenges are having an enormous impact not only on human life, but also on businesses.  The pressure on natural resources and the environment in general is huge and calls for concerted effort to alleviate the situation. KenGen has actively participated in environmental conservation initiatives aimed at conserving catchment areas and other delicate ecosystems. The Company continues to support among other conservation initiatives.

Most recently, the company has launched the Green Initiative Challenge, a tree plating campaign with upto 1 000 schools participating in the Eastern hydros, Olkaria and Sondu areas.

 
Sports

Sporting activities are known to provide physical and emotional benefits and KenGen has continued to support sporting activities  in the country through the sponsorship of several events which include,

  • Squash tournaments
  • Football
  • Various Marathon Races
  • Badminton
  • Great Dams Race
     

Health

Developing countries, including Kenya, are faced with the daunting task of providing health services to an ever increasing population in the face of limited resources. As a result, available health services are often overstretched. In areas of its operation, KenGen continues to offer subsidized health services to local communities through its dispensaries, while supporting other health initiatives aimed at improving the well-being of vulnerable groups, including medical camps and health walks aimed at addressing various types of diseases. 

Disaster Response

In the recent past, the country has experienced a number of disasters – both natural and man-made and KenGen has offered support to initiatives aimed at alleviating the suffering occasioned by these calamities. Among disaster relief efforts that have been supported by the company include the famine relief Kilifi District and Masinga and Mbeere Districts where relief food, as well as support to the “Kenya for Kenyans” initiative targeting famine affected communities in north-western Kenya. 

Peace Building

Some parts of East Africa, particularly the northwestern region of Kenya, have suffered years of insecurity occasioned by a scramble for limited resources. The result has been loss of lives and underdevelopment.

Over the years, KenGen has worked in partnership with other stakeholders to bring peace to some of the regions. These include Turkwel and Moroto in Eastern Uganda where the company has supported trans-boundary peace initiatives.