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Nairobi, Monday, 13th September 2021: Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has been cleared to sell an equivalent of 4.6 million tonnes of carbon emissions earned over the last 18 months.

This follows the finalization of the verification of the issuance of a cumulative 4,617,309 tonnes of Carbon Emissions (CO2e) to six KenGen projects by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This decision was arrived at after issuance of the latest 2,025,813 tonnes of Carbon Emission Reductions (CO2e) to the 150MW Olkaria IV Geothermal Project which was the last of the six projects which KenGen applied for verification through the UNFCCC.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of the issuance of 2,040,515 tonnes of CO2e to KenGen’s Olkaria I, Units 4 and 5 Geothermal Power plant by the UNFCCC on 17th August 2021.

In a statement to the newsrooms, KenGen Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Rebecca Miano hailed the UNFCC’s issuance of the carbon credits to KenGen as a boost to the company’s lead in climate action not only in Africa but in the world.

Mrs Miano said, “KenGen has so far developed and registered Six (6) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects comprising of Olkaria II Geothermal Expansion Project, Redevelopment of Tana Hydro Power Station Project, Optimisation of Kiambere Hydro Power Project, Olkaria IV Geothermal Project, Olkaria I Units 4&5 Geothermal Project and Ngong Wind.”

The first KenGen project to be issued with carbon credits under the CDM initiative was the Tana hydroelectric power project which received 57,458 carbon credits on 13th March 2020.

“As a way of enhancing our portfolio of climate change mitigation projects, KenGen intends to incorporate additional geothermal, wind and solar projects which will reduce between 100,000 to 600,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year, in the process reducing the impact of climate change on the environment.” She added.

The CDM projects contribute to national sustainable development by providing clean energy which ensures improved environmental quality, positive health impacts and increased productivity. CDM was developed as part of the output of a global concern to contribute to climate change mitigation and to foster sustainable development for non-industrialized countries.

KenGen has deliberately shifted its strategy to focus on the production of green energy and currently more than 86% of the energy produced by the Company is from clean sources namely wind, hydro and geothermal.

Thanks to KenGen’s efforts, Kenya is today Africa’s largest geothermal energy producer and among the top 10 in the world. The country has an estimated potential of 10,000MW of geothermal along the Rift Valley.

As a way of enhancing its portfolio of climate change mitigation projects, the Company intends to incorporate additional geothermal, wind and solar projects which will further reduce carbon emissions annually, in the process reducing the impact of climate change on the environment.

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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, Monday, 13th September 2021: Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has been cleared to sell an equivalent of 4.6 million tonnes of carbon emissions earned over the last 18 months.

This follows the finalization of the verification of the issuance of a cumulative 4,617,309 tonnes of Carbon Emissions (CO2e) to six KenGen projects by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This decision was arrived at after issuance of the latest 2,025,813 tonnes of Carbon Emission Reductions (CO2e) to the 150MW Olkaria IV Geothermal Project which was the last of the six projects which KenGen applied for verification through the UNFCCC.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of the issuance of 2,040,515 tonnes of CO2e to KenGen’s Olkaria I, Units 4 and 5 Geothermal Power plant by the UNFCCC on 17th August 2021.

In a statement to the newsrooms, KenGen Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Rebecca Miano hailed the UNFCC’s issuance of the carbon credits to KenGen as a boost to the company’s lead in climate action not only in Africa but in the world.

Mrs Miano said, “KenGen has so far developed and registered Six (6) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects comprising of Olkaria II Geothermal Expansion Project, Redevelopment of Tana Hydro Power Station Project, Optimisation of Kiambere Hydro Power Project, Olkaria IV Geothermal Project, Olkaria I Units 4&5 Geothermal Project and Ngong Wind.”

The first KenGen project to be issued with carbon credits under the CDM initiative was the Tana hydroelectric power project which received 57,458 carbon credits on 13th March 2020.

“As a way of enhancing our portfolio of climate change mitigation projects, KenGen intends to incorporate additional geothermal, wind and solar projects which will reduce between 100,000 to 600,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year, in the process reducing the impact of climate change on the environment.” She added.

The CDM projects contribute to national sustainable development by providing clean energy which ensures improved environmental quality, positive health impacts and increased productivity. CDM was developed as part of the output of a global concern to contribute to climate change mitigation and to foster sustainable development for non-industrialized countries.

KenGen has deliberately shifted its strategy to focus on the production of green energy and currently more than 86% of the energy produced by the Company is from clean sources namely wind, hydro and geothermal.

Thanks to KenGen’s efforts, Kenya is today Africa’s largest geothermal energy producer and among the top 10 in the world. The country has an estimated potential of 10,000MW of geothermal along the Rift Valley.

As a way of enhancing its portfolio of climate change mitigation projects, the Company intends to incorporate additional geothermal, wind and solar projects which will further reduce carbon emissions annually, in the process reducing the impact of climate change on the environment.

Note to Editor:

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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Frank D. Ochieng, Tel:0721816896

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Nairobi, September 9, 2021: Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has resumed operations of its Olkaria geothermal Spa and is now open to the public.

The Naivasha based Geothermal Spa was closed to the public at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in compliance with Ministry of Health protocols to help stop the spread of the virus.

The spa was opened after a thorough assessment by Ministry of Health and Nakuru County Government Health Officials who gave the facility a clean bill of health to resume operations under strict compliance of the COVID-19 preventive measures.

“I encourage members of the public visiting our Geothermal Spa to observe all COVID-19 protocols as you enjoy this natural resource that is unique not only in Kenya but in the entire African continent,” said KenGen Managing Director and CEO Mrs. Rebecca Miano.

During the closure, KenGen used the opportunity to conduct routine maintenance and improve the facility to enhance user experience.

Thanks to its proximity to the capital Nairobi, the opening of Olkaria Geothermal Spa offers Kenyans alternative to Mombasa and other distant tourist destinations as they get to explore the health benefits of geothermal steam which is also used for electricity generation.

The KenGen Geothermal Spa provides a comforting and invigorating atmosphere where visitors can relax their body and mind.

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About KenGen

Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC - KenGen is the leading electricity generation company in Eastern Africa with a market share of more than 60 per cent of installed capacity in the country. The company’s primary business is to provide affordable and dependable 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).

KenGen Olkaria Geothermal Health Spa is a recreational facility and product of KenGen’s innovation on direct use of geothermal steam in addition to electricity generation. The Spa was unveiled in 2015.

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Nairobi, 26th August 2021: Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) PLC has launched a youth empowerment program dubbed Y-Gen, that seeks to promote career development of young employees as part of the Company’s diversity mainstreaming agenda.

Launched under the slogan ‘The Future is Now’, KenGen has now moved to register the Y-Gen Youth Empowerment Program with relevant government bodies and also seek to trademark its logo, becoming the first public institution in Kenya to do so.

Speaking during the virtual launch ceremony, KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Mrs. Rebecca Miano, said the youth constitute about 30% of the total staff complement in KenGen making them a key component in the delivery of the company’s growth strategy.

"Y-Gen presents a golden opportunity to groom thinkers, doers, current and tomorrow's leaders. As KenGen continues its journey into the rest of the continent under the diversification strategy, those within the Y-Gen bracket are truly the carriers and implementers of the company's global aspirations," said Mrs. Miano.

Mrs. Miano went on to state that KenGen was focused on delivering its long-term business strategy anchored on three pillars including value creation, lowering cost of electricity, and increasing generation capacity to boost and drive national development.

She said the youth will be a big part of delivering the robust strategy and therefore the need to have a forum dedicated to addressing the special needs of the young employees within KenGen.

Mrs. Miano went on to encourage young people to embrace good practices that will help them grow professionally and at a personal level but also warned against harmful practices like alcohol, drug, and substance abuse, indiscipline among others which she said would derail an employee’s progress at work.

Also speaking during the Launch was KenGen Board of Director Ms. Peris Mwangi who said that Y-Gen initiative will help young people grow professionally and realize their full potential.

During the launch, KenGen management unveiled four key pillars of the initiative that include: Y-Gen Strategy Alignment, Y-Gen Brand Development and Outreach, Y-Gen Wellness and Y-Gen Pamoja that would inform the implementation of the forum’s strategy going forward.

As part of alignment of the organization to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs,) KenGen as a company has also mainstreamed other areas including gender through its Pink Energy Initiative, which earlier this year won a gender mainstreaming award issued by the Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Public Service and Gender.

The Y- Gen launch comes at a time when the world on August 12, 2021, marked the International Youth Day that seeks to bring the youth in the forefront in championing development issues across the world.

Nairobi, 25th August, 2021: Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has received carbon credits from its Olkaria I, Units 4 and 5 Geothermal Power plant further solidifying the company’s lead in climate action in Africa.

This follows the issuance of an additional 2,040,515 Carbon Emission Reductions (CERs) for the Naivasha based project by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This brings the amount of carbon credits issued to KenGen to date to 2,591,496 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (CO2e) valued at USD.3,887,244 which are now available for sale. The sale process of the carbon credits has been initiated as guided by the applicable disposal laws and regulations for the public sector organizations.

The 140MW Olkaria I Additional Units 4 and 5 power plant, will reduce CO2 emission through the displacement of electricity generated by fossil fuel fired power plants connected to the national grid.

Announcing the issuance of the CERs, KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Mrs. Rebecca Miano said the UNFCCC’s issuance of the carbon credits is an affirmation of KenGen’s commitment to address climate change which is one of the biggest global environmental challenges currently.

“KenGen has set up a dedicated team that is spearheading environmental sustainability to help combat climate change. So far, we have developed and registered six (6) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects comprising of Olkaria II Geothermal Expansion Project, Redevelopment of Tana Hydro Power Station Project, Optimisation of Kiambere Hydro Power Project, Olkaria IV Geothermal Project, Olkaria I Units 4 and 5 Geothermal Project and Ngong Wind.”

Mrs. Miano went on to say: “These projects together contribute to offsetting approximately 1.5 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (C02) equivalent annually.”

“The Olkaria IV Plant is currently undergoing a review process, which could see the issuance of an additional 2,025,813 CERs in the near future,” She added.

At the same time, KenGen which is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), is poised to earn about Ksh.119 million from the 550,981 carbon credits that were issued as at July 2021.

The CDM projects contribute to national sustainable development by providing clean energy which ensures improved environmental quality, positive health impacts and increased productivity. CDM was developed as part of the output of a global concern to contribute to climate change mitigation and to foster sustainable development for non-industrialized countries.

KenGen has deliberately shifted its strategy to focus on the production of green energy and currently more than 86% of the energy produced by the Company is from clean sources namely wind, hydro and geothermal. 

Thanks to KenGen’s efforts, Kenya is today Africa’s largest geothermal energy producer and among the top 10 in the world. The country has an estimated potential of 10,000MW of geothermal along the Rift Valley.

As a way of enhancing its portfolio of climate change mitigation projects, the Company intends to incorporate additional geothermal, wind and solar projects which will further reduce carbon emissions annually, in the process reducing the impact of climate change on the environment.

Nairobi, 18th August 2021: Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has surpassed a crucial stage in the ongoing USD 6.2 million geothermal drilling contract in Ethiopia further giving impetus to its corporate diversification strategy.

The team of KenGen engineers have so far crossed the 450 meters of drilling depth of the first of eight geothermal wells for the state-owned electricity producer, Ethiopia Electric Power Company which commenced in May this year amid COVID-19.

“The first 450 meters is the most difficult phase of the entire geothermal well drilling process which can go upto a depth of 3,000 meters,” said Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano adding, “this particular one is being done under peculiar circumstances including unforeseen delays occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“We will be drilling at a rate of about 50 meters per day going forward and therefore expect to complete the remaining part on schedule in about two months,” said Mrs. Miano.

In February 2019, KenGen won a joint contract with Shandong Kerui Petroleum Equipment Company and Shandong Kerui Oilfield Service Group to offer geothermal drilling services. The project is being managed between the two consortium members under the contract.

"We are glad that the progress of drilling at Aluto-Langano is remarkable, and optimistic our team will deliver it within the set timelines. We commend our team for surpassing the 450 metres depth of drilling, overcoming all the challenges usually encountered at the initial stages of drilling a geothermal well," said Miano. 

She added: "We have a team of experts comprised of aerated drillers, directional drillers, and reservoir engineers actively working on this project and have also dispatched a team to mobilize a second rig to fast track the process and achieve our goal of drilling eight wells much faster.”

The drilling of the second geothermal well under the Aluto-Langano project started early this week and was at a depth of 36 meters by Wednesday August 18, 2021.

KenGen is hopeful that under the ongoing project, which is financed by the World Bank through a loan to the Ethiopian Government, depending on the outcomes of Lot 1 wells, an additional 12 wells may be drilled under Lot 2 of the contact to bring the total to 20 wells.

At the same time, also in the Horn of Africa, under a contract signed in October 2019, KenGen has completed drilling two geothermal wells for Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations PLC (TMGO) in Ethiopia and is currently drilling the third well.

These two projects are hinged on the Company’s diversification strategy which has led to the organization’s expansion in the Horn of Africa. Besides Ethiopia, KenGen has also secured a Ksh.709 million project to offer commercial drilling services in Djibouti.

In February this year, the company signed the contract with Office Djiboutien De Development De lenergie Geothermique (Djiboutian Office of Geothermal Energy Development) (ODDEG). KenGen is also prospecting for similar businesses in Rwanda.

Kenya is Africa’s largest geothermal energy producer and among the top 10 in the world. The country has an estimated potential of 10,000MW along the Rift Valley.

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