Monday, October 17, 2016

Kenya: Menengai Geothermal Power Projects Fall Behind Schedule

CS Charles Keter puts power producers on 30-day notice (The Standard)

The Government has given three agents 30 days to start producing electricity from steam wells or have their contracts terminated. Energy and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter said there is enough steam at the Menengai Crater to add some 105 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the national grid. He said the continued delay by the three independent power producers (IPPs) was hurting the Geothermal Development Company’s (GDC) operations.

The producers, who include Quantum East Africa and OrPower 22, were supposed to set up their power plants by December last year. The investors, who were selected through competitive bidding in 2013, are mandated to build and operate three geothermal plants in Menengai, each generating 35 MW. Construction was supposed to have started in October 2013 and be completed by the end of last year.

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