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KenGen plans to bring 165 MW Olkaria V plant online on June 2019

Construction of Olkaria V geothermal power plant, Kenya Oct. 2018 (source: LinkedIn/ Roberto Razo)
Carlo Cariaga Carlo Cariaga 14 Mar 2019

With the help of funding and support from Japanese firms, KenGen is on track to start commissioning of the Olkaria V geothermal power plant on June 2019.

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), Kenya’s largest energy producer and owner of the Olkaria project, has announced that the Olkaria V geothermal power plant will be commissioned by June 2019.

The facility will add 165 MW of power generation capacity with the electricity to be sold to Kenya Power (KPLC). Construction of the geothermal power plant began in January 2017.

The plant’s equipment is being supplied by Mitsubishi Corporation in tandem with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, who was responsible for transporting the equipment from the port of Mombasa to the site at Olkaria.

Kenyan company H. Young & Co was chosen to to provide parts of the equipment for the plant. The plant will feature two units with a capacity of 82.7 MW each with a total of 165.4 MW. The plant will be supplied by around 500 tonnes of dry steam per hour at temperatures of about 270 centigrades.

Source: Afrik21