KenGen announces plan to increase renewable energy use by 3,000 MW

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has announced ambitious plans to increase the country’s use of renewable energy sources.

The company, which is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), aims to add 3,000 MW of energy within the next decade as part of a revamped corporate strategy.

Speaking at KenGen’s headquarters in Nairobi, Acting Managing Director and CEO Abraham Serem said the company will be focusing on stabilising Kenya’s energy supply through the use of green, renewable energy.

“Our focus going forward is to secure the baseload capacity to stabilize Kenya’s energy supply mainly from green renewable energy,” he said.

To achieve this goal, KenGen plans to deploy up to 2,000 MW of power from geothermal and hydro sources as baseload energy. The company also intends to optimise existing hydro sources and develop new hydropower stations, particularly within the Tana River basin.

Serem added that KenGen will be looking to leverage the vast potential of geothermal energy in the Rift Valley region, which is estimated to be around 10,000 MW.

“So far we have only exploited about 0.9GW of the 10GW geothermal potential and that is why a huge chunk of the additional capacity will be drawn from geothermal,” he said.

In addition to geothermal and hydro power, KenGen plans to rehabilitate its existing power plants to make them more efficient and sustainable. The company will also commence construction on its upcoming 305 MW geothermal projects in Olkaria and Eburru, once the necessary approvals have been obtained. Serem said KenGen will also be rolling out plans to uprate the turbines at its Olkaria I, IV and additional units 4 and 5 power plants, in a bid to increase their output by an additional 40 MW.

On the western side of the country, KenGen has announced plans to rehabilitate its Gogo hydropower plant in order to increase its capacity by around 8 MW.

The company will also continue with its commercial drilling projects in Ethiopia and Djibouti, where it has already drilled several geothermal wells.

 

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