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Construction of 165 MW Olkaria V geothermal plant in Kenya nearing completion

Construction of Olkaria V geothermal power plant, Kenya Oct. 2018 (source: LinkedIn/ Roberto Razo)
Alexander Richter 13 Oct 2018

With the arrival of the generator/ turbine in Kenya, the construction of the 165 MW Olkaria V geothermal power plant is nearing a critical stage. Commissioning of the plant is expected for July 2019.

News from Kenya report that with two generator units, each weighing 130 metric tonnes, having departed the Port of Mombasa in Kenya yesterday, the construction of the 165.4 MW Olkaria V Geothermal Power Plant by KenGen is nearing completion.

Development is 75 percent complete and on-schedule, so KenGen’s Managing Director and CEO, Mrs Rebecca Miano.

As soon as the generator units arrive at Olkaria, they will be loaded onto a 9-metre-high reinforced concrete platform called a deck using a specialized mobile hoist by a sub-contracted company from the UK.

On ground, both platforms are ready to receive the generators and the hoisting team is in place, having assembled the powerhouse crane and specialised hoisting system. The hoisting and positioning of each generator unit will take approximately 3 days with preparations before hoisting arrival for each taking a minimum of one week.

Already, other major equipment, such as turbine casing and condenser units, has been delivered at site.

Construction for the Olkaria V Geothermal Power Plant commenced in January 2017, and is set for commissioning in July 2019. The plant is being built by a consortium of Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd and H-Young & Company E.A Limited.

Source: KBC