NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 5 – The Kenya Electricity Generating PLC has signed a joint declaration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to improve security and efficiency in geothermal power generation with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
KenGen Managing Director & CEO, Rebecca Miano, Deputy Director General of UNIDO, Shigeru Maeda and Senior Vice President of JICA signed the declaration on cooperation Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
The declaration brings together stakeholders of the upcoming operation and maintenance capacity strengthening with internet of things (IoT) technologies for the Olkaria Geothermal Power project. It creates a platform for dialogue between the industry, manufacturers, policy makers and investors. The aim is to jointly build capacities and promote sharing of expertise with a view to improving efficiency.
Miano said the joint declaration would open up opportunities for KenGen to enhance and strengthen capacity with IoT technologies to efficiently exploit geothermal resources with a view to meeting Kenya’s ever-rising power needs.
“We believe this joint partnership will enable Kenya to employ innovative methods to provide clean and affordable electric power for national development,” she said.
Through the partnership, UNIDO will strengthen operation and maintenance capacity with IoT technologies for Olkaria geothermal power in collaboration with JICA.
KenGen currently produces 1,631MW, which represents 70 per cent of power consumed in the country. Of this, hydro comprises 818MW; Geothermal, 534MW, Thermal, 253.5MW and Wind 25.5MW. The company plans to develop will additional 720MW by 2020.