KenGen starts construction on 280MW geothermal plant in Kenya

26 July 2012 (Last Updated July 26th, 2012 18:30)

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has announced the start of construction on its 280MW Olkaria geothermal project, which will raise the firm's total electricity capacity by 25%.

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has announced the start of construction on its 280MW Olkaria geothermal project, which will raise the firm's total electricity capacity by 25%.

The project, estimated to cost $981m, has been financed by KenGen, the Kenyan Government, World Bank, and German Development Bank KfW.

"The completion of the Olkaria I and IV geothermal power development facilities in 2014 will add to Kenya's vision of generating at least 5,000MW from its geothermal resources by 2030."

Other co-financers include European Investment Bank, French development finance institution AFD and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Steam wells have already been drilled, with well head generators set to be installed at the project site, which will pump electricity to the national grid.

A consortium of Japan's Toyota Tshusho and South Korea-based Hundyai will build the power plant, while China's Sinopec will carry out steam field development.

India's Kamani Engineering Corporation will build the transmission lines and the substation for the project, while New Zealand-based Sinclair Knight Mertz will act as the project consultant.

The completion of the Olkaria I and IV geothermal power development facilities in 2014 will add to Kenya's vision of generating at least 5,000MW from its geothermal resources by 2030, reports allafrica.com.