Thursday, April 6, 2017

Kenya: Start of Construction of 140 MW Olkaria V Geothermal Plant Delayed Until June

KenGen to start construction of Olkaria V by June (The Standard)

Power producer KenGen is set to start the construction of the Olkaria V 140 megawatt plant by June this year after a delay of more than a year. The delay was occasioned by the lengthy process of recruiting a contractor and securing funds for the project.

The plant, which is expected to cost over Sh55 billion, will increase electricity available from geothermal and further stabilise power supply in the country when complete in 2019.

Construction works were expected to start last year and the plant ready for commissioning in 2018, but were delayed as KenGen sourced for a contractor and all the funding required to put up the plant.

Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge said Thursday everything is now in place and construction will start in June and the plant will be ready to start feeding the national electricity grid by 2019.

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