Thursday, March 31, 2016

Kenya: Construction of 140 MW Olkaria V to Begin in August

Olkaria V ground-breaking expected in August (Standard Group)

The procurement phase of the Sh40 billion Olkaria V geothermal power plant project is complete Japan Deputy Ambassador Mikio Mori confirmed, saying construction of the 140 megawatt plant will begin this year as scheduled.

“Bids have been sent to three applicants who were successful in the request for proposal stage. We expect construction works on the power plant to start in five months,” said Mori. He, however, did not disclose the three applicants. Three 14 MW wells have been sunk for testing before the winning bidder is given the go-ahead for construction.

“We expect the actual ground-breaking for Olkaria V to be done before the upcoming Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad VI) later in August, which will also give Kenya a chance to put forward its needs and aspirations in the energy sector for possible financing,” said Mori.

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