Kenya Starts Generation at Geothermal Plant

21 June 2010 (Last Updated June 21st, 2010 18:30)

Kenya Electricity Generating Co, or KenGen, has started producing power at a 35MW geothermal power plant. KenGen, the country's largest power producer, will add a further 350MW of geothermal capacity by 2013, managing director Eddy Njoroge said in an e-mailed statement, according to Bl

Kenya Electricity Generating Co, or KenGen, has started producing power at a 35MW geothermal power plant.

KenGen, the country's largest power producer, will add a further 350MW of geothermal capacity by 2013, managing director Eddy Njoroge said in an e-mailed statement, according to Bloomberg.

The new plant at Olkaria, about 120km (75 miles) northwest of Nairobi, was co-financed by the European Investment Bank, which provided $40.8m, the International Development Association and the French Development Agency.

The three financiers have already pledged to provide funding for construction of another 280MW power project in Olkaria, reports Bloomberg.