Sunday, February 19, 2017

Kenya: Mombassa to Enjoy Geothermal Energy from Olkaria

Electric lines ruling paves way for cheaper geothermal power (Business Daily Africa)

Households and industries will in the next four months start enjoying cheaper geothermal power after the High Court lifted orders that had stopped works on the Nairobi–Mombasa electricity transmission line.

Upon completion of the line, residents in the port city of Mombasa will for the first time get connection to cheaper steam power from the Olkaria complex, and cut dependence on thermal power. This will have the effect of reducing diesel fuel charge on Kenya Power consumers’ monthly bills.

The Energy Regulatory Commission reckons that part of the steam power generated at Olkaria is lying idle because there are no transmission lines to Western Kenya and the coast, areas which experience constant system disturbances and instability.