Thursday, May 24, 2018: The level of water in Kenya’s largest hydro power generating dam, Masinga, located in the Seven Forks Cascade has today morning risen to 1057.75 metres above sea level (m. a.s.l.) slightly falling short of the highest ever recorded level at Masinga of 1057.85 in 1998.
This upsurge is attributed to a significant increase in the amount of water flowing into the dam that is currently at 602.0196m3 per second. However this is a drop against a volume of 808.96m3 per second recorded at the same time yesterday.
“Even as we monitor the dam levels and optimize our hydro generation, we have dispatched a team of senior officers to communities most affected by ongoing floods to assess the needs and offer our support,” said Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano adding that KenGen in coordination with relevant stakeholders will continue to provide timely updates and support to affected persons towards flood relief.
At the same time Mrs. Miano said the company has provided permanent water points to communities for domestic use and for animals too during prolonged periods of drought. “Over the past year KenGen commissioned several water points in both Machakos and Embu Counties which are currently serving the communities with clean drinking water,” she said.
Some of the water projects include: Kivaa water project, the Kiambere dam area water project,water kiosks in Masinga location, Ngurunga earth dam as well as community water points at the four stations - Gitaru, Kiambere, Kamburu and Kindaruma.
KenGen commits to continue impacting positively on the lives of the people living around its installations in line with its overall Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda.
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.