FRIDAY, May 18, 2018… Kenya’s largest hydro power generating dam Masinga located in the Seven Forks Cascade has risen to 1,057.03 meters against a maximum level of 1,056.50 meters as at this morning. The current overflowing volume stands at 136.8 cubic meters per second. Overflow at Kiambere Dam, the last station in the cascade, has subsided to 115.9 cubic meters per second at 6.00 a.m. from 206.9 yesterday.
KenGen Managing Director and CEO Rebecca Miano said that following the overflow at Masinga, it is estimated that the resultant water volumes will reach the low lying areas in three (3) to four (4) days.
“We are glad that most residents heeded to earlier warnings issued by the relevant authorities and moved to safer ground to avoid any possible disasters,” said Rebecca Miano adding, “we thank the government for taking the lead in ensuring the safety of communities.”
Latest reports show that the water level in areas downstream of the Seven Forks cascade prone to flooding was at 5.1 meters above sea level as at 8.00a.m. today against the flooding trigger alarm of 4.0 meters given earlier.
KenGen continues to monitor river flows and dam levels in line with prudent water management at the dams.
KenGen will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to provide prompt information on water inflows and levels with a view to facilitating proper management of the situation.
About Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited
Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen) is the leading electric power generation company in Kenya, producing about 80 percent of electricity consumed in the country. The company, which is listed at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) utilizes various sources to generate electricity ranging from hydro, geothermal, thermal and wind. Hydro is the leading source, with an installed capacity of 819.9MW, which is 51 per cent of the company installed capacity. Geothermal comes second with 463.1MW and another 55.6MW from the innovative wellheads technology raising geothermal capacity to about 32% of the total installed capacity. However with the commissioning of the 280MW Geothermal project in Olkaria, geothermal now accounts for more than 50% of the electricity consumed by Kenyans.
With its wealth of experience, established corporate base and a clear vision, the company intends to maintain leadership in the liberalized electric energy sub-sector in Kenya and the Eastern Africa Region.