Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Kenya: Construction of 140 MW Olkaria Unit 5 Geothermal Power Plant to Begin before the End of the Year

Kenya set to construct 140 MW power plant (SINA English)

Kenya's electricity generating firm is set to being construction of (the Olkaria Unit 5) 140 MW geothermal power plant in Kenya before the end of the year.

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) Geothermal Development Director Abel Rotich told Xinhua in Nairobi that his organization has already secured funding to the tune of 300 million U.S. dollars for the construction of the power plant.

"The process to identify the contractor will begin in October and so we hope to finalize the tendering process to select the contractor soon so that the ground breaking ceremony for the 140 MW geothermal plant to begin before the end of the year," Rotich said.

The power plant at Olkaria V, which is about 100 kilometers northwest of Nairobi, will take 18 months to complete.