MONDAY, May 21, 2018… The level of water in Kenya’s largest hydro power generating dam Masinga located in the Seven Forks Cascade has risen to 1057.41 meters above sea level (m a.s.l.) as of this morning with a crest of 0.9 meters flowing into the spillway. This is a rise from 1057.03m a.s.l. recorded on Friday 18 May.
However, the amount of water flowing into the dam has reduced from 585m3 per second on Friday down to 333m3 this morning. This is as a result of reduced rainfall in the catchment area.
This is according to KenGen Managing Director and CEO Rebecca Miano who today toured the Seven Forks Dams to assess the hydrology situation.
“We are glad to report that inflows into Masinga dam have stabilised and also wish to assure Kenyans that we will continue to operate our seven forks dams in line with our efficient water management plan,” said Mrs. Miano.
Mrs. Miano said Kamburu Dam level was at 1005.47m a.s.l, Gitaru at 924.09, Kindaruma at 780.09, and Kiambere which is the last dam in the cascade stood at 700.84m a.s.l. The latest recorded overflow volume at Masinga Dam was 319 cubic meters per second while that of Kiambere is 369.
“These are some of the highest water levels we have seen in the past few years, we are receiving twice the amount we expected to receive at this time of the year,” said Mrs. Miano adding, “the last time we had a similar pattern was in the year 2003.”
Mrs. Miano said the overflow at Masinga was at the designed diversion also known as the spillway, which is a safety provision that allows water to flow back to river’s natural course in a controlled manner.
KenGen will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to provide prompt information on water inflows and levels with a view to facilitating proper management of the situation.
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Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen) is the leading electric power generation company in Kenya, producing about 80 percent of electricity consumed in the country. The company, which is listed at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) utilizes various sources to generate electricity ranging from hydro, geothermal, thermal and wind. Hydro is the leading source, with an installed capacity of 819.9MW, which is 51 per cent of the company installed capacity. Geothermal comes second with 463.1MW and another 55.6MW from the innovative wellheads technology raising geothermal capacity to about 32% of the total installed capacity. However with the commissioning of the 280MW Geothermal project in Olkaria, geothermal now accounts for more than 50% of the electricity consumed by Kenyans.
With its wealth of experience, established corporate base and a clear vision, the company intends to maintain leadership in the liberalized electric energy sub-sector in Kenya and the Eastern Africa Region.