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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has commissioned KenGen’s Olkaria I Additional Unit 6 Geothermal Power Plant
  • This injects an additional 86MW into the national grid and advances Kenya’s green energy leadership
  • The power plant propels KenGen’s total installed energy capacity to 1,904MW while its geothermal capacity now stands at 799MW

President Uhuru Kenyatta has commissioned KenGen’s Olkaria I Additional Unit (AU) 6 Geothermal Power Plant, injecting an additional 86MW into the national grid. The move by Kenyatta further advances Kenya’s green energy leadership.

According to KenGen, the power plant, which was commissioned in 2018, propels KenGen’s total installed energy capacity to 1,904MW while its geothermal capacity now stands at 799MW.

The company added that the commissioning of the plant further demonstrates the government’s effort to build a greener national energy pool from clean energy sources.

Kenyan government pledges to accelerate deployment of renewable energy to reduce cost of electricity

President Kenya also …

  • The hydropower project is worth an estimated US$1.3 billion that will see Ethiopia import 400 Megawatts of power annually.
  • The World Bank approved US$684 million for the power line in 2012- Kenya got US$441 million of the share, and Ethiopia got US$243 million- raising eyebrows why the project has not been completed ten years later.
  • The project started in 2012, but Ethiopia has blamed Kenya for the delays even after several lenders allocated funds for the project.

Kenya Ethiopia Electricity Trade

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration has reached a new agreement with Ethiopia to gear up further the purchase of cheap hydropower from Addis Ababa.

The two countries agreed with an Ethiopian delegation, led by Ethiopia’s Minister for Finance, Eyob Tekalign, visiting Nairobi from February 2nd to 4th this year.

The new arrangement was revised on previously signed power trade agreements. The two countries finalised the operational guidelines and procedures and

  • A brand new OPIBUS electric bus will cost US$100,000.
  • According to Statista, Kenya generated 1.043 gigawatts as of August 2021.
  • OPIBUS mass production unit targets to produce 500 cars in a month.

The first electric bus by the start-up OPIBUS is up and running. The Kenyan-Swedish company has hit the road into the transit industry.

OPIBUS is now running a pilot as it prepares for the commercial launch of Electronic Vehicle (EV) buses

in Kenya mid this year. The company also plans to extend its services across Africa by the end of 2023.

The company has the vision to lower costs and simplify deployment for EV vehicles across Africa. At the start of COP26, OPIBUS opened a funding round closure that raised US$7.5 million for the company.

Over the last five years, OPIBUS has been converting petrol and diesel engines to electric powered ones, which proves a big challenge as …

Drilling of the deepest geothermal wells in Ethiopia by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has seen the company's earnings rise sporadically. 

From a total of US$4 million in the previous year to US$15.5 million (KShs 1.7 billion) by the end of June 2021, KenGen’s fortunes are changing. The drilled geothermal plant in Tuly More, Ethiopia, brought back revenues that surpassed expenses in its setting up.  

In the company’s annual report released in June 2021, KenGen noted that drilling the 3000-metre deep wells cost US$13 million. The company has costed for the increased num...

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While the world is fighting for zero-carbon neutrality, Africa’s—and Kenya's—struggle to achieve a zero-carbon footprint is being met with foreign challenges and local corruption. 

Experts have lauded the government’s plan to shift Kenya’s energy to purely clean energy by 2030.

In October 2021, President Uhuru Kenyatta told attendees of the COP26 summit that the country would achieve the milestone, seeing that it was more than half-way there already. 

“Renewable energy in Kenya currently accounts for 73 per cent of the installed power generation capacity, while ...

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  • Kenya has committed to fast-track the deployment of renewable energy as a driver for economic development in the country
  • KenGen is East Africa’s largest electricity producer and among the top 10 leading geothermal energy producers in the world
  • About 86% of KenGen’s installed capacity of 1,818MW comes from renewable and clean energy sources, namely hydro, geothermal and wind

East Africa’s largest economy Kenya has committed to fast-track the deployment of renewable energy as a driver for economic development in the country.

This commitment was made by Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy during her inaugural visit to Olkaria, Naivasha to inspect and assess KenGen’s geothermal power facilities.

CS Juma said renewable energy is the preferred option for Kenya adding that the move would also help attract foreign investments in Kenya’s energy sector. She was accompanied by Gordon Kihalangwa, the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Energy.

The CS lauded …

  • KenGen PLC has started drilling the first of three geothermal wells in Djibouti
  • The drilling of the first well is expected to take about two months to complete as KenGen seeks to export the expertise and experience earned in Olkaria, Naivasha
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) PLC has started drilling the first of three geothermal wells in Djibouti.
The commencement sets in motion a KSh 700 million contract signed in February this year.
According to the company, the drilling of the first well is expected to take about two months to complete as KenGen seeks to export the expertise and experience earned in Olkaria, Naivasha where the company has successfully drilled about 320 geothermal wells.
KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano termed the deal a historic moment for the firm.
“We are confident that our team on-site will deliver the project within the contracted time and on budget despite

Kenya, East Africa’s largest and most advanced economy is currently the leading region exploring and installing geothermal energy capacity (standing at 676 MegaWatts, 2019) according to ESI Africa, hence Kenya is seeking to expand its geothermal mastery.

On a larger scale, the geothermal technology is rather at an initial phase in Africa, as developed nations take the lead, including high-installed capacities in the US with more than 3.8 gigawatts, according to Power Technology publication.

Kenya Electricity Generating company has taken its interest to another level, as it seeks to raise at least $1.95 billion to build new and upgrade existing plants “in a bid to almost double its output from the renewable fuel” according to information from Bloomberg News.

The Kenyan power company ambitions will make Kenya a competitive powerhouse, as the country has a total installed capacity of 2.4GW, the stated-owned company anticipated to sweep more than 651 megawatts …

For the first time in 70 years, an African will next week become the head of the global standards body, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Mr. Eddy Njoroge, a board member at the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and a former Chairman at the Nairobi Securities Exchange will be confirmed as the 1st President of ISO from Africa, during the organization’s 42nd General Assembly Meeting that begins on Monday 16th September in Cape Town, South Africa.

Njoroge, 66, who missed the appointment by one vote in 2016 on his first attempt at the Beijing elections, brings to ISO over 10 years of experience in the field of standards.

He served as the CEO of Kenya Electricity Generation Company (KenGen) where he spearheaded its transformation from a parastatal to a publicly listed company. Most significantly, he led KenGen to become the first Kenyan public body to be …