KenGen’s Naivasha geothermal plant adds 79 MW to national grid

A KenGen geothermal plant
Kengen's Olkaria V geothermal plant. PHOTO/COURTESY:

The Kenya Electricity Generating Company’s (KenGen) Olkaria geothermal plant in Naivasha has contributed to the country’s push to adopt and utilize green energy by generating 79 megawatts (MW) of power to the national grid.

The 79 MW of power was generated from the company’s Olkaria V geothermal Power plant phase 1 unit which was successfully integrated into the national grid in June.

“We are delighted to announce the completion of the first unit of Olkaria V Geothermal Power Plant and subsequently injecting 79 MW to the national grid. This brings to 612MW the total amount of installed geothermal power capacity by KenGen and will be significant in ensuring that our country’s power needs are met through the continuous use of green energy solutions,” KenGen Managing Director and CEO Rebecca Miano said in a statement on Tuesday.

According to a news report by the Star Newspaper, the plant is expected to generate a further 158 MW of power to the grid once Unit 2 of the plant starts operations at the end of August.

“Consistent with our long-term plan, we are continuously working on increasing our renewable energy to provide affordable energy to Kenyans while safeguarding the environment. This, in turn, will lead to the provision of stable energy to power households and industries across the country,” the KenGen MD is quoted as saying by the Star Newspaper.

Construction of the 135 billion Olkaria V geothermal plant commenced in 2017 after President Uhuru Kenyatta commissioned the project which is funded by the government of Kenya in partnership with the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA).

According to a news report by Reuters, the geothermal plant underlines Kenya’s reliance on geothermal energy which, as of 2018, contributed 2,712 MW of power to the national grid. 

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