Sondu Miriu is a 60MW hydro power project. It is located on Sondu river/basin in Kisumu, Kenya. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 1999 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2007.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 60 60 Active Kisumu, Kenya Kenya Electricity Generating


The project is developed and owned by Kenya Electricity Generating.

Sondu Miriu is a run-of-river project. The gross head and net head of the project are 196.9m and 178.6m respectively. The penstock length is 1,214m. The project generated 330 GWh of electricity. The project cost is $33m.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 1999 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2007.

Contractors Involved

Toshiba Hydro Power (Hanzhou) was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 2 units of francis turbines, each with 31.2MW nameplate capacity.

Toshiba Hydro Power (Hanzhou) supplied 2 electric generators for the project. The generator capacity is 33.7 MVA.

About Kenya Electricity Generating

Kenya Electricity Generating Co Ltd (KenGen) is an electricity generation utility. It produces power from hydro, geothermal, thermal, and wind sources. Under power purchase agreements, the company sells power to customers on wholesale basis. Kenya Power and Lighting Co Ltd is the authorized distributor of the company’s electricity sales. It has electricity generation assets in Olkaria and Eburru Geothermal fields, Kipevu, Eastern Region, Western Region, Upper Tana, and Ngong. KenGen is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.


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