NAIROBI, KENYA, OCTOBER 12 — Development of the 165.4MW Olkaria V Geothermal Power Plant in Naivasha is 75 percent complete and on-schedule, Kenya’s electricity generating company-KenGen has confirmed.
KenGen’s Managing Director and CEO Rebecca Miano said on Friday two generator units, each weighing 130 metric tonnes, departed the Port of Mombasa on Thursday, signaling the beginning of the final process towards the completion of the plant.
Upon arrival at Olkaria, the generator units will be loaded onto a 9-metre-high reinforced concrete platform called a deck using a specialised mobile hoist by a sub-contracted company from the UK.
“On ground, both platforms are ready to receive the generators and the hoisting team is in place, having assembled the powerhouse crane and specialised hoisting system. The hoisting and positioning of each generator unit will take approximately three days with preparations before hoisting arrival for each taking a minimum of one week,” the firm said in a statement yesterday.
Already, other major equipment, such as turbine casing and condenser units, has been delivered at site.
The Olkaria V Geothermal Power Plant, whose construction commenced in January 2017, is set for commissioning in July 2019.
The plant involves construction of two power generating units, each with a capacity of 83MW.
It is being undertaken by a Consortium of Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd and H-Young & Company E.A Limited.
The first unit is expected to be ready by March 2019 with the second unit becoming operational in June.
President Uhuru Kenyatta officially broke ground for construction of the Olkaria V power project in April last year.
The project is funded by Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) and the Government of Kenya.
The power plant is part of KenGen’s ambitious green energy development agenda aimed at delivering 721MW of renewable energy by year 2020, at an investment close to USD 1.33 billion(about Ksh135 billion). The company’s current installed capacity is 1,631 MW.
The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) listed firm is the leading electricity generation company in Eastern Africa with a market share of about 70 per cent.
The company’s primary business is to provide affordable and dependable electric energy for the country in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner while creating value for its stakeholders.