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Toshiba to supply turbines and generators for Kenyas Olkaria projects

Toshiba 30 MW bottom-cycle turbine at the Hellisheidi Power Plant in Iceland (source: ThinkGeoEnergy)
Alexander Richter 7 Nov 2011

Toshiba Corp has been awarded a contract to supply four 70 MW steam turbines and generators by Hyundai Engineering, tge full turn-key contractor for the Olkaria I and IV projects in Kenya.

Reported this morning, “Toshiba Corporation announced that the company has been awarded a contract to supply four 70,000kW steam turbines and generators for the Republic of Kenya’s largest ever geothermal plant project, the Olkaria I and Olkaria IV geothermal power plants. The contract is Toshiba’s first for the supply of geothermal power equipment in Africa.

Kenya Electricity Generating Company Ltd. awarded a full turnkey contract for Olkarai I and IV to a consortium of Japan’s Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Tokyo: 8015) and Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd. on November 7, 2011. Toshiba was selected by Hyundai Engineering to supply the turbines and generators for the project following a comprehensive evaluation of the company’s extensive supply experience and the equipment’s performance and reliability.

Located in the Rift Valley 100 kilometers northwest of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, the Olkaria I extension and Olkaria IV will have a combined output of 280,000kW, the largest of any power generation complex in Kenya. They will deliver renewable energy with minimal emissions of CO2 and raise the share of geothermal power in Kenya’s supply mix to approximately 25%. The plants will make a significant contribution to overcoming Kenya’s current electricity shortage. Olkaria I, a major extension to a current facility, is funded by a yen loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a Japanese government agency.

Toshiba is an industry leader in power generation equipment, with world-class capabilities in nuclear, thermal and renewable power generation equipment. Toshiba entered the geothermal power business in 1966 with the supply of a steam turbine and generator to the Matsukawa geothermal power plant, Japan’s first geothermal plant, and subsequently expanded the business to North America, Southeast Asia and Iceland. Toshiba is today the world leader in the manufacture of steam turbines and generators, with a market share of 25%*1, and has supplied a total of 52 units with an installed capacity of 2,800,000kW.

Going forward, Toshiba will promote its geothermal business and the supply of high performance, highly reliable equipment at the global level. This move is in line with the company’s aim of expanding its overall renewable energy business, including wind, hydroelectric and solar photovoltaic power, as a means to contribute to stable power supply and the realization of a low carbon society.”

Source: Toshiba announcement via 4-Traders