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KenGen, Thursday, September 23, 2021: Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has kicked-off the construction of a Research and Development (R&D) Centre at Tana Power Station located in Muranga County, in a move to boost innovation in the company.

The construction of R&D Centre which will also double up as an archive for the Company is expected to take 18 months to complete, making KenGen one of the first public sector entities in Kenya to establish such a facility.

Speaking during the foundation stone laying ceremony, KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Mrs. Rebecca Miano, said the project which was five weeks ahead of its implementation plan is part of KenGen’s overall Diversification Strategy and will go a long way in helping the NSE-listed firm to identify and implement new revenue streams much faster.

"With this facility, KenGen employees now have a place to carry out trials, tests, experiments and pilot new business in the context of our diversification strategy," said Mrs. Miano, adding that the facility will conceive ideas that will change the company's business and the energy sector for good.

At the same time, Mrs. Miano said the company had put in place measures to ensure that the employees and contractors working on the project were safe and observing the laid-down protocols for COVID-19.

The KenGen CEO thanked the local community for continuous support over the years noting that the project had so far benefited the local community through provision of employment for skilled, and semi-skilled workforce. The Contractor assigned to the project has so far engaged a total of 92 short term contract staff, comprising 81 male and 11 female from the local community.

As a one-of-a-kind innovation hub, the facility will provide locally sourced technological solutions for electricity generation, further augmenting KenGen's endeavors to increase generation capacity and diversify its project portfolio.

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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 1,818MW, of which over 86% is drawn from green sources, namely: Hydro (826MW), Geothermal (713MW), Thermal (253MW), and Wind (26MW).

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Nairobi, 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.

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