Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda: Electricity from Olkaria Geothermal Power Plant Exported Cross Borders

East African Countries Commence Trade of Power from Olkaria Geothermal Plant (Renewable Energy World)

Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will commence trade of 15 MW of power from the Olkaria Geothermal power plant beginning in May.

The cross-border power trade, one of the mega Northern Corridor Infrastructure Projects that is behind schedule, was initially planned by the three countries to start trading power by the beginning of 2015.

The three countries had agreed on an initial power sale of 30 MW by Kenya to Rwanda to be wheeled through Uganda by July 2015, as reported by Reuters Africa.

Progress for a transmission line in the region is currently at 50 percent and substation at 61 percent due to slow performance of contractors.

A memorandum of understanding that Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda entered into in 2013 allows the trio to share cheaper generation capacity as more power becomes available.