NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s electricity generating firm is set to
being construction of a 140MW geothermal power plant in Kenya
before the end of the year.
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.
KenGen currently is
producing 540 MW of geothermal power while another independent
power producer is producing another 140 MW.
The East African
nation has an estimated potential of 7,000 MW of geothermal
power along the Rift Valley region.
Rotich said that
geothermal steam exploration is carried out by the government
and then the steam is sold to power firms to convert it into
The director said
that Kenya is prioritizing the exploitation of geothermal
resource because it is a renewable source of energy.
geothermal is a resource that is owned by Kenya and so it
produces low cost electricity,” Rotich added. He revealed that
geothermal will continue to be a significant source of
electricity because it is not affected by climate change.
Other sources of
power such as hydropower are susceptible to changes in the