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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.

Nairobi, Thursday 15th July, 2021: Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has distributed more than 1.9 million tree seedlings to communities and institutions as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

KenGen’s Managing Director and CEO, Mrs. Rebecca Miano said the tree seedlings, which is equivalent to 3,167acres of forest cover have been distributed over the last seven years, further enhancing the sustainability of the country’s ecosystems. The move has also supported the Government’s efforts to attain at least 10% forest cover by 2022.

Mrs. Miano made the revelation during a panel discussion following the launch of Standard Chartered Bank’s Carbon Dated Report this morning. The report examines the impact of multi-national companies’ net zero plans on their supply chain.

In her submission during the panel discussion, Mrs. Miano emphasized the need for coordinated action across all sectors of the economy in transitioning to a net-zero emissions economy.

“Transitioning to a net-zero emissions economy requires coordinated action across all sectors of the economy supported by enabling policy frameworks. This is where suppliers are required by clients to take action with respect to establishment of targets aimed at transitioning to net-zero emissions in tandem with their clients’ commitments,” she stated.

She called upon corporate organizations to take up their global responsibility by establishing programs aimed at transitioning to net-zero.

Other panellists were Mr. Kariuki Ngari, CEO Standard Chartered Bank Kenya and Mr. Peter Odhengo, Director, Climate Finance Unit at National Treasury.

The KenGen MD indicated that Kenya had submitted her updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2020 making a commitment to abate greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by the year 2030.

Mrs. Miano further stated that whereas the timeframe for the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) extends to the year 2030 with milestone targets pegged around the year 2025, KenGen, besides distribution of tree seedlings has embarked on priority mitigation activities with a focus on increasing the share of grid scale renewable energy.

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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 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, July 5, 2021: Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is set to benefit from its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects further giving impetus to the company’s efforts to combat climate change.

This follows the issuance of additional 309,495 Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) for the organization’s Olkaria II CDM Project by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), bringing the total amount of issued carbon credits to 550,981.

Speaking on the issuance of the CERs, KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Mrs. Rebecca Miano said climate change has become one of the biggest global environmental challenges and has created an urgent need for mitigating against its effects.

“KenGen has a dedicated team to spearhead environmental sustainability and contribute to the reduction of the effects of climate change. So far, we have developed and registered six 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,” she said.

These projects, she added, contribute to off-setting on an annual basis 1.5 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (C02) equivalent annually. Out of this, 550,981 Tonnes of CO2e has already been issued by the UNFCCC and are now available for sale. The sale process has been initiated as guided by the applicable disposal laws and regulations for the public sector organizations.

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 been focusing on the production of green energy and currently more than 86 percent of the energy produced by the company is from clean sources namely wind, hydro and geothermal.

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 reduce between 100,000 to 600,000 carbon emissions every year, in the process reducing the impact of climate change on the environment.

KenGen which is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) will now earn about Ksh.119 million from the 550,981 carbon credits issued so far.

Note to Editor:

About KenGen

Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC - KenGen is the leading electricity generation company in Eastern Africa with an installed capacity market share of more than 60%. The company’s primary business is to provide safe, reliable, and affordable 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).

For media queries please contact:

Frank D. Ochieng, Tel:0721816896

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Nairobi, June 24, 2021: Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has so far earned Ksh.2.6 Billion in revenues from commercial innovation initiatives over the last nine years.

This emerged as the company held its 9th Global Innovation Seminar which was held virtually for two days ending today. It also emerged that the company made a savings to the tune of Ksh.1.3 Billion drawn from process improvement and implementation of continuous improvement ideas.

Energy Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Charles Keter, whose speech was read by Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry, Mr. Zachary Ayieko urged the company to continue with its tradition of generating ideas adding that their candle will be used to light the way for other players.

He also challenged the energy sector to continue harnessing natural resources efficiently to not only avail clean power but also assure Kenyans of its reliability.

Every year, since 2012, KenGen has held the Global Innovation Seminar that has special focus on business growth driven by idea generation, creativity, and continuous improvement. The forum brings together employees, local, and international stakeholders. Delegates deliberate and discuss innovative ideas, geared towards enhancing the organization’s value proposition and service offering as it continues to execute its mandate and core objectives.

“I look forward to proposals aimed at improving the generation process, reducing overall electricity cost along the supply chain or adding efficiency solutions such as storage of energy as this is what our country is in dire need of,” said the CS.

Energy, he added, is critical in delivery of Kenya’s development blueprints - Vision 2030 and the Big Four Agenda and ideas generated from the G2G seminar may be the catalyst required to transform the country’s economy for future generations.

He however stressed the need for development of solutions geared towards improving energy generation process, reducing overall cost of electricity, and adding efficiency solutions such as storage.

For her part, KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Mrs. Rebecca Miano said the organization is making good progress to bring on board its first solar project of 42MW which may in future be coupled with its existing hydro generation to efficiently utilize both resources.

“This is in line with our pursuit for green, sustainable energy, aimed at positively exploiting the available resources while reducing the country’s thermal power bill,” she added.

She reiterated that currently the company is on track to commission the Olkaria I Unit 6 geothermal power plant later this year, adding that at 83.3MW, it will be the single largest geothermal generating unit in Africa.

“This power plant being an extension of Olkaria I Units 4 and 5 means that when complete the power plant will be a 233MW geothermal giant. This addition will push our installed capacity to 1.9GW, double the 956MW KenGen had when we embarked on our ‘Good to Great’ journey in 2008 and only 100MW shy of the two Gigawatts mark,” she said.

Speaking during the same event, KenGen Board Chairman, Gen. (Rtd) Samson Mwathethe said: “Our focus shall be on efficiency to ensure prudent utilization of resources, resilience in line with the innovation seminar theme and delivering on the promises we make to ourselves and to others. Energy is a core ingredient for any nation’s development, hence the need to step up and deliver in provision of the reliable resource.

“The national clean energy percentage of 92.5% is borne heavily by the 1,565MW of renewable sources that KenGen has invested in and we shall continue to focus the industry’s efforts on bring onboard sustainable energy at minimal cost to allow for mutually beneficial power purchase agreements,” he added.

From the innovative ideas, KenGen has been able to provide geothermal drilling and consultancy services locally and regionally, established the Gitaru drinking water project which currently supplies drinking water to staff, commissioned a Calibration Centre, established an energy saving initiative through the installation of a solar grid tie system in Eastern and Thermal regions within the administration block and street lighting as well as operationalization of the Geothermal Spa.

Currently, KenGen has registered 3 patents with 37 under application, 12 trademarks with 12 being under application, 89 copyrights with 67 being under application and three utility models under application.

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Note to Editor:

About KenGen

Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC - KenGen is the leading electricity generation company in Eastern Africa with an installed capacity market share of more than 60%. The company’s primary business is to provide safe, reliable, and affordable 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).

For media queries please contact: Frank D. Ochieng, Tel:0721816896, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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