TUESDAY, May 22, 2018… The level of water in Kenya’s largest hydro power generating dam Masinga located in the Seven Forks Cascade has risen to 1057.46 meters above sea level meters as of this morning. This is a rise from 1057.41 meters above sea level recorded yesterday at the same time. This is attributed to a rise in the amount of water flowing into the dam that has risen to 381m3 per second up from 333m3 yesterday.
“Masinga dam inflows have stabilized creating a balance between water coming in and leaving the dam. The amount of water flowing downstream is expected to remain as is or subside if the rains do not increase in the catchment areas.” said KenGen Managing Director and CEO Rebecca Miano.
It is worth noting the unusual rainfall pattern prevailing this year, in that the Masinga was the last in the cascade to fill up. In normal circumstances, the dams fill from Masinga first before the successive dams filling up gradually, which has not been the case this year.
Mrs. Miano said, “The company is sensitive to human suffering and will do what it can to respond to the plight of families currently experiencing difficulties due to the ongoing rains.”
Forecast from Kenya Meteorological Department for the next seven days indicates that several areas within the Lake Victoria Basin, the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, the Central and South Rift Valley, the Central Highlands (including Nairobi area), the Northwest and the Coast are expected to continue receiving rainfall especially during the first half of the forecast period. Rainfall amounts are likely to reduce during the second half of the forecast period; Heavy rainfall is expected over parts of Western, Central and North Rift Valley, Northern and Central regions at the beginning of the forecast period. The North Eastern and South Eastern lowlands are likely to remain mostly dry
KenGen continues to monitor river flows and dam levels in line with prudent water management at the dams. The company will continue to provide prompt information on the same with a view to facilitating proper management of the situation.
About Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited
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.