The new man at the helm of Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), Albert Mugo, has said that his core focus will be on capacity expansion and further diversifying the company’s power generation mix into geothermal and coal sources.
Speaking at his maiden press conference as Managing Director and CEO of Kenya’s largest power producer, Mugo pledged to fast-track various key projects the company is presently undertaking including two geothermal plants with a capacity of 280MW expected to come on-stream by mid this year.
December 1 30 2015… Kenya's main power producer, KenGen, has enhanced output from hydro with the current heavy rains filling up the country’s major generating dams at the Seven Forks in Eastern Kenya.
Energy planners say all the dams in the cascade have attained their spilling levels while the main Masinga Dam is still two metres to spilling at 1054.32 meters above sea level (masl).
The water levels at Kiambere- which is the lowest dam in the cascade, stood at 700.23 masl and is spilling 46 cubic meters (or 46 million litres) per second. At Masinga, the highest dam level is attained when the water reaches full supply level of 1,056.5 masl, beyond which the dam spills.
Kenya’s renewable energy development has received a major boost after the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the French Development Agency (AFD) underpinning funding of up to Ksh6.9 billion (60 million Euros) by the French Government for the development of the 80 MW Meru wind project.
This is a major milestone for the Kenyan economy as well as for the generation utility which has an African reputation of implementing projects quickly and at lower costs. The MoU on the project was signed this week in Paris, France, by KenGen’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD&CEO), Eng. Mugo and the AFD Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Jacques Moineville, witnessed by Kenya’s President, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta and his French counterpart François Hollande in France. A loan agreement is expected to be signed by August this year.
The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) was voted Africa’s 2014/2015 Energy Company in a survey featuring major utilities across the continent. Additionally, the 280MW - its flagship project and the world’s single largest geothermal project -has been voted as this year’s clean energy project.
The company was feted at this year’s Africa Utilities’ Awards event bringing together experts to showcase renewable projects that are solving Africa’s energy challenges. The award ceremony was held in Cape Town, South Africa.
President Kenyatta led Kenyans in sending congratulatory messages to the company for the fete.
Hydro Generation to Go Up as Dams Fill Up
May 25 2015…Generation from the cheaper hydro sources is set to go up in the coming weeks following significant rise in water levels at the main power dams.
The dams at the main generating dams at the seven forks hydro-electric power and at the Turkwel power dam have been rising in recent weeks while inflows at the Sondu and Sangoro stations are good, according to energy planners at the public power generating company, KenGen.
KenGen strikes 33MW from New geothermal wells in Olkaria
Olkaria Wells OW-923 Trio is among the biggest geothermal wells in the area
June 05 2015… The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has successfully drilled another set of big geothermal wells in this country, further boosting Kenya’s quest to be self sufficient in electricity.
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