KENGEN seeks more wind power

January 5, 2010

, NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 5 – The Kenya Electricity Generating Company, KenGen, is now looking for a contractor to put up a 10 Megawatt (MW) wind power project in Ngong.

In a paid up advertisement on Tuesday, KenGen invited tenders for the construction and commissioning of the Ngong II wind power project. This follows the granting of a Sh2.1 billion concessional loan from the Spanish government to finance the project.

“KenGen invites sealed tenders from eligible candidates for the design, manufacture, supply, delivery, erection, testing and commission of the Ngong II wind power project,” the advertised further read.

Bidders from Spain are also free to submit their proposals which should be accompanied by a tender security of Sh20 million by March 16.

“Interested firms that are prepared to submit complete and comprehensive tenders for the timely completion of the works as detailed in the specification may obtain further information from and inspect the tender documents at Stima Plaza (the head office),” the statement said.

A tour of the site is scheduled for February 9 and all bidders are being advised to attend or send their nominated representatives.

Once it is commissioned, the project will be the second plant in the area after the 5 Megawatt Ngong Wind Turbine Power Project that was funded by the Belgian government at a cost of Sh1billion.

The project will also be part of the many wind farms that the government intends to put up across the country to harness the huge potential the country has for cheap and clean energy.

Upon implementation, they are expected to enable the country meet the rising power demand which stands at eight percent per year.

Although Kenya has an installed capacity of 1,204 megawatts of energy against a national peak demand of 1,071 megawatts, the country has the potential to generate up to 2,000MW from wind energy, 7,000MW from geothermal and substantial biomass resources and an additional 300 MW from bagasse produced in local sugar factories.

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