WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018: The level of water in Kenya’s largest hydro power generating dam, Masinga, located in the Seven Forks Cascade has today morning risen to 1057.64 metres above sea level. The highest ever recorded level at Masinga was 1057.85 in 1998.This upsurge is attributed to a significant increase in the amount of water flowing into the dam to 808.96m3 per second up from 381m3 per second and 333m3 in the past two consecutive days.
“We have our teams in communities and recognize that flooding require different responses. In terms of assessing water levels, we are conducting regular inspections of all our dams to help provide mapping for further risk areas,” said Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano. KenGen in coordination with relevant stakeholders continue to provide timely updates and support to affected persons towards flood relief.
For a countrywide overview, Kenya Meteorological Department latest weather forecast indicates that several regions might continue to receive heavy rainfall for the next seven days. These include parts of Western, Nyanza and Northern Kenya. ”We urge citizens to continue to be vigilant as the rainfall affects catchment areas and to avoid flooded waterways,” said Mrs. Miano.
Over the years, the dams have helped to regulate river flows and flooding down-stream by temporarily storing the flood volume and releasing it later through the power plants. This has been achieved through a water management plan for regulating the storage and power generation to ensure a healthy ecosystem and less flooding during heavy rains.
KenGen’s hydro-electric power capacity currently stands at 820MW which accounts for 52% of its installed capacity and 47% of the total national capacity.
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.