Year: 2017

KenGen to commission Olkaria V next month

One of the wells awaiting exploitation at the Olkaria Geothermal field in Naivasha. The Kenya’s Geothermal Development Company is drilling 10 new wells in the Olkaria area to generate steam that will add an extra 140MW (megawatts) into the national grid. Construction work for the 158-megawatt Olkaria V geothermal power project will begin next month, Energy PS Joseph Njoroge has said. State owned power producer KenGen is putting up the project at a cost of Sh40 billion, mainly funded by…

Enhancing Equity and Wealth Creation Opportunities

As I move through Kibera, the largest urban slum not only in Nairobi but in Africa, a group of young men emerge from inside the slum onto the street. One of them whom I’m assuming is the leader shouts “Wana…Wanaume” and the rest of his comrades respond with “Eeeehhh”. Quite interesting to hear them chant as this is how their leader communicates to them before issuing any instructions. Clearly a motivational method to do a heavy lifting job and they…

What is the value of electricity?

Can the value of electricity be quantified? If it could, what value would you give it? Karl Marx a German philosopher and political economist once said, ‘Nothing can have value without being an object of utility’. I would further add that nothing can have value without being an object of utility, for the development of the individual. Electricity’s value I believe is found in its personal use or usefulness. Electricity is a form of energy. The word “energy” comes from…

KenGen Wins EAPIC Awards

KenGen scored a double win at the prestigious East African Power Industry Awards gala in Nairobi when the company was voted best in East Africa in the categories of Excellence in Power Generation and Outstanding Clean Power Project Award. Bot awards are in recognition for the 280MW Olkaria Geothermal Expansion Project. The awards which honour outstanding power industry professionals, projects and companies in the East African region were awarded at a colorful dinner gala held on Thursday evening in a…

KenGen’s new CEO to focus on capacity expansion in geothermal and coal

The new man at the helm of Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), Albert Mugo, has said that his core focus will be on capacity expansion and further diversifying the company’s power generation mix into geothermal and coal sources. Speaking at his maiden press conference as Managing Director and CEO of Kenya’s largest power producer, Mugo pledged to fast-track various key projects the company is presently undertaking including two geothermal plants with a capacity of 280MW expected to come on-stream by…