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Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (hereinafter “KenGen”), a leading electric power generating company in Kenya, and Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (hereinafter “Toshiba ESS”), a leading supplier of integrated energy solutions, concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU anticipates a partnership of Operation and Maintenance (O&M) services for geothermal power plants in developing countries including East African countries through a combination of KenGen and Toshiba ESS’s know-how and networks. This MoU was signed during TICAD 8 held in Tunisia in August 27 and 28.

KenGen produces about 60% of the electricity installed in the country, with 86% generated from renewable energy, such as hydropower, wind power, and geothermal power. For geothermal power, KenGen has a 799 MW generation installed capacity, including the Olkaria Geothermal Power Plants, Kenya’s largest geothermal power complex. Under this MOU, KenGen will contribute to the development of geothermal power plants in East African countries and become the “The point of expert reference” in Africa.

KenGen Managing Director & CEO, Rebecca Miano said “Geothermal energy provides sustainable power supply. It is a resource we have in abundance in Kenya, an advantage that has enabled us to build a considerable wealth of expertise in its exploration and development. This we have done for more than 50 years.”

Toshiba ESS has delivered 60 geothermal power generation sets with a total capacity of about 3,790 MW all over the world, including Africa. It also supplied 4 sets of 70 MW steam turbines and generators for KenGen’s Olkaria I and IV Geothermal Power Plants.

“I’m delighted to announce this cooperation with KenGen, Toshiba ESS has collaborated in the development of geothermal power generation and human resources in Uganda, Malawi, and other East African countries. Through this collaboration, I’m convinced that we can contribute to supplying clean and safe energy in the regions with KenGen.” said Toshiba ESS Business Development Executive, Toyoaki Fujita.

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KenGen Managing Director & CEO, Rebecca Miano (left) and Toshiba ESS Business Development Executive, Mr. Toyoaki Fujita, celebrate the signing of the MoU

There is an ongoing survey to identify geothermal resources in the Great Rift Valley, a tectonic plate boundary running from north to south with immense geothermal potential. Both companies are delighted to cooperate in this opportunity, and plan further business expansion.

About KenGen

Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC - KenGen is the leading electricity generation company in Eastern Africa region with an installed generation capacity market share of more than 60%. The company’s primary business is to provide safe, reliable, and competitively priced electric energy for the country in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner while creating value for its stakeholders.

Today, KenGen PLC has an installed generation capacity of 1,904MW, of which over 86% is drawn from renewable sources namely: Hydro (826MW), Geothermal (799MW), Thermal (253MW), and Wind (26MW).

About Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation

Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation is a leading supplier of integrated energy solutions. With its long experience and expertise in a wide range of power generating and transmitting systems and energy management technology, the company delivers innovative, reliable, and efficient energy solutions across the globe. Split off from Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) in October 2017.

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Nairobi, Wednesday, 31st August 2022: Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano has been appointed as the new Vice Chair of the Board of the Global Compact Network Kenya for a three-year term.  

Global Compact Network Kenya is the Local Network of the United Nations Global Compact that is working to accelerate and scale the collective impact of businesses in Kenya by upholding the ten principles and delivering the SDGs through accountable companies and ecosystems that enable change. 

Speaking on her appointment, Mrs. Miano said: “It is a great honour to be appointed as the Vice-Chair of the United Nations Global Compact Network, Kenya, where I have been a Board Member since November 2019. It gives me great joy to know that what we do as KenGen towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is not only being noticed but making a positive impact on business.”

“With this new mandate, we look forward to continuing to spearhead and catalyze actions aimed at promoting good business practices by building capacity and creating awareness about corporate governance and sustainability in line with the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles.  On behalf of my team at KenGen, we thank the Global Compact Board for this opportunity and reiterate our intention and commitment to continue leading the renewable energy and climate action agenda in Kenya for the greater good of our country and people” She added.

This appointment follows a similar one in April 2022, when Mrs. Miano was appointed by the Ministry of Energy to lead the Commonwealth Action Group on Geothermal in Kenya under the Commonwealth Action Group on geothermal under the Commonwealth Sustainable Energy Transition Agenda. 

In October 2021, she was named among the top women CEOs leading business in Africa in a pool of top 50 women comprising of Chief Executives, Division Heads and Regional Managers who run over 1,400 companies sampled by Africa.com for the Definitive List of Women CEOs in Africa 2021. In July 2020, she was appointed to the World Bank Group’s Advisory Council on Gender Development. 

Kenya is Africa’s number one geothermal energy producer and among the top 10 in the world with an installed capacity of 949MW with KenGen contributing about 799MW. The country has an estimated geothermal potential of 10,000MW spread along its part of the Rift Valley circuit.

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Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC - KenGen is the leading electricity generation company in Eastern Africa region with an installed generation capacity market share of more than 60%. The company’s primary business is to provide safe, reliable, and competitively priced electric energy for the country in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner while creating value for its stakeholders.

Today, KenGen PLC has an installed generation capacity of 1,904MW, of which over 86% is drawn from green sources namely: Hydro (826MW), Geothermal (799MW), Thermal (253MW), and Wind (25.5MW).

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Olkaria, Naivasha, Tuesday, July 26, 2022: President Uhuru Kenyatta has today commissioned KenGen’s Olkaria I Additional Unit (AU) 6 Geothermal Power Plant, injecting an additional 86MW into the national grid further advancing Kenya’s green energy leadership.

The power plant, whose groundbreaking event was graced by President Kenyatta in 2018, propels KenGen’s total installed energy capacity to 1,904MW while its geothermal capacity now stands at 799MW. The commissioning of the plant further demonstrates the government’s effort to build a greener national energy pool from clean energy sources.

At the same time, President Kenya also commissioned another 172MW Olkaria V geothermal Power project earlier developed by KenGen with construction being completed in 2019.

Speaking when he presided over the official ceremony at Olkaria, President Kenyatta commended the KenGen team and stakeholders involved in undertaking the project which was implemented during the COVID-19 peak periods in 2020 and 2021.

The President noted that the commissioning of the power plants was aligned with the Least Cost Power Development Plan (LCPDP) in support of the Government’s Big Four Agenda.

“This is indeed a great milestone for not only KenGen but the rest of Kenyans as far as developing clean energy is concerned. Clean and safe energy is increasingly becoming vital in energy development, and it is through this approach that we shall attain universal access to electricity in our nation and meet key energy needs,” said the President.

While expressing satisfaction with the country’s clean energy development milestones, the Head of State noted that his government has put in place robust plans to ensure the country attains a 100 percent transition to clean energy by 2030.

“Since 2013, my administration has increased electricity access from 2.3 million connections to 8.6 million by the end of June 2021, thereby achieving an electricity access rate of over 75%. With 90 percent of this coming from renewables, it is my hope that by 2030, we shall have a 100 percent transition,” said the President.

During the event, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Amb. Dr. Monica Juma noted that the Ministry will continue to fulfill its mandate of providing clean and affordable energy for the nation with a focus on countering climate change.


“The completion of this project marks another milestone in Kenya’s efforts towards achieving energy security as well as accelerating economic growth through improved energy access. It represents an important moment in our efforts to reduce the country's reliance on fossil fuels and create a more sustainable future for us all,” said the CS.  

For his part, KenGen Board Chairman, Gen. (Rtd) Samson Mwathethe said: “This project is vital for our nation because considering that adequate supply of electricity is undeniably a primary enabler for our economic development. Through the experiences of this project, we are glad we managed to gain new experiences in geothermal development. Notably, the commissioning of Olkaria I Unit 6 propels us an inch closer to the Geothermal Gigawatt Club.”

His sentiments were echoed by KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano, who noted that the company’s geothermal agenda was to increase production in line with the growing demand for power while also ensuring that the business lives up to the expectations of shareholders.

KenGen aims to deliver more green energy projects in the medium and long-term focused on supporting the Government’s economic growth agenda and clean energy development.

The company is also seeking to deliver over half the capacity from geothermal development and the rest from other clean sources.

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Today, KenGen has an installed generation capacity of 1,904MW of which over 86% is drawn from green sources namely: Hydro (826MW), Geothermal (799MW), Thermal (253MW) and Wind (26MW).

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Nairobi, Monday, 25th May 2022: The national demand for electricity has hit a new peak demand of 2,051MW up from 2,036MW recorded in November 2021, pointing to an accelerated growth and recovery in demand which slowed down in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

The new peak demand was recorded on 12th May 2022 in the Daily System Operation and Dispatch Analysis Report by Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA). This growth was driven mainly by renewable energy sources with geothermal energy making the greatest contribution, giving further boost to Kenya’s climate action agenda.

According to the Daily Power Generation and Dispatch Analysis Report released on 19th May 2022 by Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), the country’s highest energy gross demand was recorded on 18th May 2022, registered a 2.5% growth to record a new peak of 37,273.17MWh up from 36,380.63MWh in November last year.

NSE-listed electricity generator, KenGen PLC’s geothermal power stations in Olkaria, Naivasha provided the largest share of 14,763.37MWh during the recent analysis. KenGen currently boasts of 713MW of geothermal energy generation capacity and is readying to commission another 83MW in its newest power plant, the Olkaria I additional unit 6.

At the same time, the EPRA May 19th, 2022, report also revealed that the total amount of electricity generated by KenGen through its major hydro power stations exceeded the National Control Centre (NCC)’s dispatch projections by 1,988.42MWh, denoting a 25% increase. KenGen’s total installed hydro capacity currently stands at 826MW.

In the same report, Gitaru, Kindaruma, Kamburu, and Kiambere Power Stations were among the hydro power stations that exceeded the projected power generation output. The stations are part of the Seven Forks cascade which forms a crucial component of KenGen’s power generation infrastructure.

Commenting on the report, KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano said the report is a reflection of KenGen’s ongoing strategic efforts to meet the country’s growing demand for electricity through harnessing Kenya’s rich renewable energy sources.

“KenGen is committed to ensuring steady and reliable supply of competitively priced electricity to support Kenya’s economy. The company is doing this by accelerating deployment of renewable energy sources such as geothermal, hydro, wind, and solar.” said the KenGen MD.

In June last year, KenGen joined United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Business Ambition for 1.5°C Campaign, saying it is banking its future on green, affordable and accessible energy, including geothermal, hydro, wind, and solar.

“Our future project pipeline is green, including geothermal, wind, solar and hydro. The projects will be implemented in phases with the first expected to be commissioned by June 30th 2022,” said Miano.

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About KenGen

Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC - KenGen is the leading electricity generation company in Eastern Africa region with an installed generation capacity market share of more than 60%. The company’s primary business is to provide safe, reliable, and competitively priced electric energy for the country in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner while creating value for its stakeholders.

Today, KenGen PLC has an installed generation capacity of 1,818MW, of which over 86% is drawn from green sources namely: Hydro (826MW), Geothermal (713MW), Thermal (253MW), and Wind (26MW).

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Nairobi, April 21, 2022: Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has completed drilling of the seventh geothermal well in Ethiopia further bolstering the company’s renewable energy footprint in the Horn of Africa.

This latest announcement is from the Aluto-Langano geothermal site where KenGen is implementing a drilling consultancy project for the state-owned Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) company. The drilling of the seventh well was completed on schedule at a depth of 3,000 meters.

“This is the second 3,000 meters well we have drilled in Ethiopia so far, and I must commend our teams on the ground for successfully delivering to expectations despite the threats of COVID-19 and security situation in Ethiopia at the time of project implementation,” said KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano.

This milestone reaffirms the NSE-listed company’s expertise in geothermal development in Africa, having earlier drilled the deepest geothermal well in the Horn of Africa also at a depth of 3,000 meters as announced by KenGen on November 11, 2021.

Commenting on the project timelines, Miano said: “We have now embarked on drilling of the fifth geothermal well under the EEP project in Aluto-Langano and we expect to complete the work in a fortnight’s time.”

The Ethiopian and Djiboutian ventures are part of KenGen’s ambitious diversification strategy, in which the company is seeking to acquire new revenue streams by offering commercial drilling services, geothermal consulting and other related services across Africa.

In November last year, KenGen announced that it had started work to deliver three geothermal wells in Djibouti setting in motion a Ksh.0.7 billion contract.

Locally, KenGen continues to grow Kenya’s geothermal capacity and has now started drilling of additional geothermal wells in Eburru geothermal field located in Naivasha.

Kenya is Africa’s number one geothermal energy producer and among top 10 in the world with an installed capacity of 863MW with KenGen contributing about 713MW. The country has an estimated geothermal potential of 10,000MW spread along its part of the Rift Valley circuit.

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About KenGen

Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC - KenGen is the leading electricity generation company in Eastern Africa region with an installed generation capacity market share of more than 60%. The company’s primary business is to provide safe, reliable, and competitively priced electric energy for the country in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner while creating value for its stakeholders.

Today, KenGen PLC has an installed generation capacity of 1,818MW, of which over 86% is drawn from green sources namely: Hydro (826MW), Geothermal (713MW), Thermal (253MW), and Wind (25.5MW).

 

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Nairobi, Thursday, April 21, 2022: One hundred and one bright, needy students have a reason to smile after Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) awarded them Education Scholarships for the year 2022 through its philanthropic arm, the KenGen Foundation, to further their education.

The scholarships were awarded to Secondary and University education, with fifty-seven issued to Secondary School students whilst forty-three went to University students during the 7th KenGen Annual mentorship event at St. George’s Primary School in Nairobi.

The scholarship is part of KenGen Corporate Social Investment where education is a key pillar, geared towards empowering the communities within which the Company operates through sponsoring bright, needy students to further their education.

Since inception in 2005, the KenGen Education Scholarship Program has to date awarded 901 scholarships to both High School and University students. The Company has invested over Ksh.400 million in education development in terms of infrastructure development projects in both Primary and Secondary schools, scholarship awards, mentorships and stipends for university scholars. In addition, first-class graduates in relevant courses are given employment opportunities in the company.

Speaking during the awards ceremony, the Chief Guest, KenGen Board Chairman, General (Rtd) Samson Mwathethe, in a speech read on his behalf by Board Member, Winnie Pertet, lauded the students’ efforts in pursuing excellence and emphasized discipline as a key factor in their education prosperity.

“Let me further appeal to you to avoid being victims of social decadence that has gripped our institutions of learning and destroyed many young lives. Those among you who fall for such unfortunate behaviour face the risk of losing this scholarship, for as you are aware, it comes with your promise and commitment to be a well-disciplined and exemplary student throughout your period of study,” he added.

The Chairman also noted that KenGen will continue raising the bar of Kenyan education by assisting in improvement of structures that enhance the learning institutions as well as seek to increase the number of scholarship slots in all the areas of our operations.

KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano, while reiterating the Chairman’s comments also commended the students for the sterling performance and encouraged them to keep it up.

“By awarding you the KenGen Education Scholarship, you are distinguished because you have demonstrated that you have the commitment, strength and determination to move forward. The KenGen Education Scholarships is here to help you and those who aspire for life-changing education to reach their potential. This will be your ticket to new professional opportunities and to new and exciting life journeys,” she said.

While urging the students to use the opportunity to be better persons in their society, the CEO also invited other corporates to come on board to help other needy students. She also lauded the KenGen Employee Giver initiative and corporates such as Bamburi Cement for expanding the secondary school scholarship slots to the benefit of communities

“The positive impact of the scholarships in the lives of the students, their families and their communities is huge. Therefore, I invite other corporates to help increase the number of beneficiaries by also contributing to the development of our education sector,” she added.

KenGen Foundation Managing Trustee, Anthony Igecha, noted that the scholarships remain important within the framework of the KenGen Foundation strategy and symbolizes a commitment to investing in the country’s future work force.

In the last two years, KenGen has been providing national infrastructure support through the construction of classrooms in Garissa, Embu, Machakos, Kitui, Mombasa, Kajiado, Nakuru, Kisumu and libraries in Lamu, Kajiado, West Pokot and Mandera Counties to benefit more than 2,000 students.

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About KenGen

Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) is the leading electricity generating company in the Eastern Africa region with an installed generation capacity market share of more than 60%. The company’s primary business is to provide safe, reliable and competitively priced electric energy for the country in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner, while creating value for its stakeholders.

Today, KenGen PLC has an installed generation capacity of 1,818MW of which over 86% is drawn from green sources, namely: Hydro (826MW), Geothermal (713MW), Thermal (253MW) and Wind (25.5MW).

 

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