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KenGen signs on Indian firm for transmission infrastructure at Olkaria

KenGen signs on Indian firm for transmission infrastructure at Olkaria Power transmission lines in Kenya (source: flickr/ aaron.knox, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 14 Dec 2011

KenGen contracts Indian firm KEC International to construct a substation and power transmission lines that are going to be used to transmit electricity from two geothermal power plants at Olkaria, Naivasha, Kenya.

News from Kenya report that “an Indian firm will construct a substation and power transmission lines that will be used to evacuate electricity from two power plants at Olkaria in Naivasha.

KEC International, which signed the Sh2.43 billion ($27 million) contract with electricity generation company, KenGen, will design, supply and install a substation and lines for transmitting power from Olkaria 1 and IV, and feeding into the national grid.

Recently, KenGen contracted a consortium of Toyota Tsusho Corporation of Japan and Hyundai Engineering Company Ltd of Korea to upgrade Olkaria I to produce an additional 140MW, and construct a new Olkaria IV at a cost of about $400 million.

The project, which will increase three fold the amount of power generated from geothermal sources from the current 150MW to 430MW, is expected to feed the national power grid by April 2014.”

Source: Standard Media (Kenya)