Civil works started on 154 MW Olkaria V geothermal project in Kenya
Civil works are under way for the 154 MW Olkaria V geothermal power project of Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) in Olkaria, Kenya.
With official groundbreaking in mid-2017, KenGen has now started civil work on the site for the Olkaria V geothermal power project in Kenya.
Initially scheduled to see a construction start in 2016, KenGen still expects a start of operation of the plant in 2019.
In March 2017, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) won the tender for the turnkey project, together with Mitsubishi Corporation and H. Young & Company (East Africa) Ltd.
Located in the Great Rift Valley about 100 km northwest of Nairobi, the Olkaria V geothermal project will add 154 MW to KenGen’s geothermal power generation capacity at Olkaria.
The project is being carried out with an Official Development Assistance loan arrangement, extended to KenGen by the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
MHPS will be responsible for the design of the geothermal facilities and will supply the steam turbines, generators, condensers, and other main auxiliaries. MHPS will also send technical advisors to the site to assist H. Young with expertise in installation and commissioning.