Christmas season is now at hand, yet another season of merry making. For some, it is time to glisten the season by lighting up the twinkle of Christmas trees. For most of us, Christmas tunes will be blaring out festive cheer in our living rooms almost non-stop. Undoubtedly, kitchens in most households will be extra busy as the task of preparing various delicacies goes into overdrive. All these activities will require power – electricity. That’s where the leading electric energy producer in East Africa, KenGen thrives best.
All year round, KenGen has kept its turbines turning to keep the country running. From the hydroelectric power turbines in KenGen’s hydro power stations, to the wind turbines at Ngong’ Hills, all the way to the steam driven turbines in the geothermal steam field of Olkaria, Naivasha, all systems will stay on the go to power the festivities.
For factories and facilities that will be operating throughout the festive season, KenGen is all set to ensure steady and reliable supply of electricity. As the economy steadily recovers from the reeling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, KenGen is prepared to do its part in keeping up with the growing demand for electricity that recently reached an unprecedented historic high of 2,036 MW in November - the highest since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020.
And as we prepare to ring in the New Year 2022 with fireworks, KenGen employees across all its power stations will be keenly monitoring the instrument panels to ensure that power does not go out. As a tradition for nearly seven decades now, nothing will be left to chance, as you celebrate Christmas with family and friends and prepare to usher in the new year, KenGen pledges to energize you all the way throughout the festive season and beyond.
Going into the new year, plans are already underway to commission the Olkaria 1, Unit 6 geothermal power plant early next year, which will add 83.3MW to the national grid. Its commissioning will not only bring KenGen closer to the 2GW mark in its installed capacity but also bring the promise of competitively priced electricity closer to the nation. That is a promise KenGen is committed to keep by generating electricity for the nation to light up our country and continent.