, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 10 – The cost of electricity is expected to reduce following the connection of the entire 280 MegaWatts (MW) of Olkaria geothermal power to the national grid by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen).
KenGen Chief Executive Officer Albert Mugo said the entire 280MW is now stable on the national grid and it will help further reduce the cost of power by displacing the expensive thermal fuel generators.
Mugo said it will help to stabilise the country’s power supply by reducing dependence on hydro, which is prone to weather variations.
The 280MW project comprises Olkaria IV (140MW) commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta in October and Olkaria 1 additional units 4 and 5 (each unit 70MW).
“We have had below average inflow of water into our hydro dams and the commissioning of this unit is nothing short of a Christmas and New Year gift to the country,” he said.
Currently, the company is injecting 1,575 MW to the national grid.
“This achievement is coming at a time when we are about to have our 62nd Annual General Meeting and I am sure our shareholders will be excited to know that the project has been successfully completed,” adds the CEO.
According to the CEO, the country has not experienced power rationing despite low water levels in the hydro generation dams on the Tana Cascade.
“With the implementation of the 280MW Olkaria geothermal project now behind us, we are focused on the next phase which includes the implementation of 350MW comprising Olkaria I, Olkaria V and Olkaria VI projects.”