NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya
plans to begin construction of a 158 MW geothermal power plant at the end of
March, officials said on Monday.
Kenya Electricity Generating (KenGen) Managing director Albert Mugo told an
investors briefing in Nairobi that procurement of the contractor for the Olkaria
V project was concluded last month.
already secured funding and we expect construction works to be completed by mid
2019,” Mugo said. The geothermal power plant consist of two plants each
producing 79 MW.
also received funding from the European Investment Bank and the German
Development Bank to construct another 70 MW geothermal power plant which should
be connected to the national grid in 2019.
producer plans to add 743 MW of electricity by the year 2022 out of which 653 MW
will comprise of geothermal power while 90 MW will consist of wind power.
that Kenya will concentrate on producing geothermal power because the East
African nation has huge geothermal resources.
only tapped less than 600 MW of geothermal power out of a potential of 10,000
MW,” he said.
that Kenya currently has an installed electricity generating capacity of 2,370
MW out of which KenGen produces 1,630 MW.
energy mix includes 52 percent hydropower, 38 percent geothermal while thermal
and wind accounts for nine and one percent respectively.