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Olkaria, Naivasha, Tuesday, July 26, 2022: President Uhuru Kenyatta has today commissioned KenGen’s Olkaria I Additional Unit (AU) 6 Geothermal Power Plant, injecting an additional 86MW into the national grid further advancing Kenya’s green energy leadership.

The power plant, whose groundbreaking event was graced by President Kenyatta in 2018, propels KenGen’s total installed energy capacity to 1,904MW while its geothermal capacity now stands at 799MW. The commissioning of the plant further demonstrates the government’s effort to build a greener national energy pool from clean energy sources.

At the same time, President Kenya also commissioned another 172MW Olkaria V geothermal Power project earlier developed by KenGen with construction being completed in 2019.

Speaking when he presided over the official ceremony at Olkaria, President Kenyatta commended the KenGen team and stakeholders involved in undertaking the project which was implemented during the COVID-19 peak periods in 2020 and 2021.

The President noted that the commissioning of the power plants was aligned with the Least Cost Power Development Plan (LCPDP) in support of the Government’s Big Four Agenda.

“This is indeed a great milestone for not only KenGen but the rest of Kenyans as far as developing clean energy is concerned. Clean and safe energy is increasingly becoming vital in energy development, and it is through this approach that we shall attain universal access to electricity in our nation and meet key energy needs,” said the President.

While expressing satisfaction with the country’s clean energy development milestones, the Head of State noted that his government has put in place robust plans to ensure the country attains a 100 percent transition to clean energy by 2030.

“Since 2013, my administration has increased electricity access from 2.3 million connections to 8.6 million by the end of June 2021, thereby achieving an electricity access rate of over 75%. With 90 percent of this coming from renewables, it is my hope that by 2030, we shall have a 100 percent transition,” said the President.

During the event, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Amb. Dr. Monica Juma noted that the Ministry will continue to fulfill its mandate of providing clean and affordable energy for the nation with a focus on countering climate change.


“The completion of this project marks another milestone in Kenya’s efforts towards achieving energy security as well as accelerating economic growth through improved energy access. It represents an important moment in our efforts to reduce the country's reliance on fossil fuels and create a more sustainable future for us all,” said the CS.  

For his part, KenGen Board Chairman, Gen. (Rtd) Samson Mwathethe said: “This project is vital for our nation because considering that adequate supply of electricity is undeniably a primary enabler for our economic development. Through the experiences of this project, we are glad we managed to gain new experiences in geothermal development. Notably, the commissioning of Olkaria I Unit 6 propels us an inch closer to the Geothermal Gigawatt Club.”

His sentiments were echoed by KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano, who noted that the company’s geothermal agenda was to increase production in line with the growing demand for power while also ensuring that the business lives up to the expectations of shareholders.

KenGen aims to deliver more green energy projects in the medium and long-term focused on supporting the Government’s economic growth agenda and clean energy development.

The company is also seeking to deliver over half the capacity from geothermal development and the rest from other clean sources.

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Today, KenGen has an installed generation capacity of 1,904MW of which over 86% is drawn from green sources namely: Hydro (826MW), Geothermal (799MW), Thermal (253MW) and Wind (26MW).

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Nairobi, Monday, 25th May 2022: The national demand for electricity has hit a new peak demand of 2,051MW up from 2,036MW recorded in November 2021, pointing to an accelerated growth and recovery in demand which slowed down in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

The new peak demand was recorded on 12th May 2022 in the Daily System Operation and Dispatch Analysis Report by Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA). This growth was driven mainly by renewable energy sources with geothermal energy making the greatest contribution, giving further boost to Kenya’s climate action agenda.

According to the Daily Power Generation and Dispatch Analysis Report released on 19th May 2022 by Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), the country’s highest energy gross demand was recorded on 18th May 2022, registered a 2.5% growth to record a new peak of 37,273.17MWh up from 36,380.63MWh in November last year.

NSE-listed electricity generator, KenGen PLC’s geothermal power stations in Olkaria, Naivasha provided the largest share of 14,763.37MWh during the recent analysis. KenGen currently boasts of 713MW of geothermal energy generation capacity and is readying to commission another 83MW in its newest power plant, the Olkaria I additional unit 6.

At the same time, the EPRA May 19th, 2022, report also revealed that the total amount of electricity generated by KenGen through its major hydro power stations exceeded the National Control Centre (NCC)’s dispatch projections by 1,988.42MWh, denoting a 25% increase. KenGen’s total installed hydro capacity currently stands at 826MW.

In the same report, Gitaru, Kindaruma, Kamburu, and Kiambere Power Stations were among the hydro power stations that exceeded the projected power generation output. The stations are part of the Seven Forks cascade which forms a crucial component of KenGen’s power generation infrastructure.

Commenting on the report, KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano said the report is a reflection of KenGen’s ongoing strategic efforts to meet the country’s growing demand for electricity through harnessing Kenya’s rich renewable energy sources.

“KenGen is committed to ensuring steady and reliable supply of competitively priced electricity to support Kenya’s economy. The company is doing this by accelerating deployment of renewable energy sources such as geothermal, hydro, wind, and solar.” said the KenGen MD.

In June last year, KenGen joined United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Business Ambition for 1.5°C Campaign, saying it is banking its future on green, affordable and accessible energy, including geothermal, hydro, wind, and solar.

“Our future project pipeline is green, including geothermal, wind, solar and hydro. The projects will be implemented in phases with the first expected to be commissioned by June 30th 2022,” said Miano.

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Today, KenGen PLC has an installed generation capacity of 1,818MW, of which over 86% is drawn from green sources namely: Hydro (826MW), Geothermal (713MW), Thermal (253MW), and Wind (26MW).

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Nairobi, April 21, 2022: Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has completed drilling of the seventh geothermal well in Ethiopia further bolstering the company’s renewable energy footprint in the Horn of Africa.

This latest announcement is from the Aluto-Langano geothermal site where KenGen is implementing a drilling consultancy project for the state-owned Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) company. The drilling of the seventh well was completed on schedule at a depth of 3,000 meters.

“This is the second 3,000 meters well we have drilled in Ethiopia so far, and I must commend our teams on the ground for successfully delivering to expectations despite the threats of COVID-19 and security situation in Ethiopia at the time of project implementation,” said KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano.

This milestone reaffirms the NSE-listed company’s expertise in geothermal development in Africa, having earlier drilled the deepest geothermal well in the Horn of Africa also at a depth of 3,000 meters as announced by KenGen on November 11, 2021.

Commenting on the project timelines, Miano said: “We have now embarked on drilling of the fifth geothermal well under the EEP project in Aluto-Langano and we expect to complete the work in a fortnight’s time.”

The Ethiopian and Djiboutian ventures are part of KenGen’s ambitious diversification strategy, in which the company is seeking to acquire new revenue streams by offering commercial drilling services, geothermal consulting and other related services across Africa.

In November last year, KenGen announced that it had started work to deliver three geothermal wells in Djibouti setting in motion a Ksh.0.7 billion contract.

Locally, KenGen continues to grow Kenya’s geothermal capacity and has now started drilling of additional geothermal wells in Eburru geothermal field located in Naivasha.

Kenya is Africa’s number one geothermal energy producer and among top 10 in the world with an installed capacity of 863MW with KenGen contributing about 713MW. The country has an estimated geothermal potential of 10,000MW spread along its part of the Rift Valley circuit.

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Today, KenGen PLC has an installed generation capacity of 1,818MW, of which over 86% is drawn from green sources namely: Hydro (826MW), Geothermal (713MW), Thermal (253MW), and Wind (25.5MW).

 

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Nairobi, Thursday, April 21, 2022: One hundred and one bright, needy students have a reason to smile after Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) awarded them Education Scholarships for the year 2022 through its philanthropic arm, the KenGen Foundation, to further their education.

The scholarships were awarded to Secondary and University education, with fifty-seven issued to Secondary School students whilst forty-three went to University students during the 7th KenGen Annual mentorship event at St. George’s Primary School in Nairobi.

The scholarship is part of KenGen Corporate Social Investment where education is a key pillar, geared towards empowering the communities within which the Company operates through sponsoring bright, needy students to further their education.

Since inception in 2005, the KenGen Education Scholarship Program has to date awarded 901 scholarships to both High School and University students. The Company has invested over Ksh.400 million in education development in terms of infrastructure development projects in both Primary and Secondary schools, scholarship awards, mentorships and stipends for university scholars. In addition, first-class graduates in relevant courses are given employment opportunities in the company.

Speaking during the awards ceremony, the Chief Guest, KenGen Board Chairman, General (Rtd) Samson Mwathethe, in a speech read on his behalf by Board Member, Winnie Pertet, lauded the students’ efforts in pursuing excellence and emphasized discipline as a key factor in their education prosperity.

“Let me further appeal to you to avoid being victims of social decadence that has gripped our institutions of learning and destroyed many young lives. Those among you who fall for such unfortunate behaviour face the risk of losing this scholarship, for as you are aware, it comes with your promise and commitment to be a well-disciplined and exemplary student throughout your period of study,” he added.

The Chairman also noted that KenGen will continue raising the bar of Kenyan education by assisting in improvement of structures that enhance the learning institutions as well as seek to increase the number of scholarship slots in all the areas of our operations.

KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano, while reiterating the Chairman’s comments also commended the students for the sterling performance and encouraged them to keep it up.

“By awarding you the KenGen Education Scholarship, you are distinguished because you have demonstrated that you have the commitment, strength and determination to move forward. The KenGen Education Scholarships is here to help you and those who aspire for life-changing education to reach their potential. This will be your ticket to new professional opportunities and to new and exciting life journeys,” she said.

While urging the students to use the opportunity to be better persons in their society, the CEO also invited other corporates to come on board to help other needy students. She also lauded the KenGen Employee Giver initiative and corporates such as Bamburi Cement for expanding the secondary school scholarship slots to the benefit of communities

“The positive impact of the scholarships in the lives of the students, their families and their communities is huge. Therefore, I invite other corporates to help increase the number of beneficiaries by also contributing to the development of our education sector,” she added.

KenGen Foundation Managing Trustee, Anthony Igecha, noted that the scholarships remain important within the framework of the KenGen Foundation strategy and symbolizes a commitment to investing in the country’s future work force.

In the last two years, KenGen has been providing national infrastructure support through the construction of classrooms in Garissa, Embu, Machakos, Kitui, Mombasa, Kajiado, Nakuru, Kisumu and libraries in Lamu, Kajiado, West Pokot and Mandera Counties to benefit more than 2,000 students.

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Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) is the leading electricity generating company in the Eastern Africa region with an installed generation capacity market share of more than 60%. The company’s primary business is to provide safe, reliable and competitively priced electric energy for the country in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner, while creating value for its stakeholders.

Today, KenGen PLC has an installed generation capacity of 1,818MW of which over 86% is drawn from green sources, namely: Hydro (826MW), Geothermal (713MW), Thermal (253MW) and Wind (25.5MW).

 

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Nairobi, Tuesday, 29th March 2022: Kenyans have yet another reason to smile after Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) announced that it has completed the construction of the 83MW Olkaria I, Additional Unit (AU) 6 Geothermal Power Plant, setting in motion activities to add it to the national power grid.

This milestone follows a successful delivery of full steam to the power plant, setting in motion technical processes to commercial operation which is expected by June 2022. This is a double win for Kenyans, firstly on climate action as geothermal is renewable and secondly on reliability and affordability considering that geothermal will predictably displace other more expensive sources of energy.

KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano, lauded the milestone as a big step forward in the country’s progress toward 100% utilization of renewable energy by the year 2030 which she also said will ensure a reliable supply of clean electricity to drive Kenya’s economic development.

She said, “The construction of Olkaria I Unit 6 is aligned to the company’s long-term strategy and Kenya’s Least Cost Power Development Plan (LCPDP) focused on sustainable supply of renewable energy in support of the Government’s Big Four Agenda.”

The plant which is expected to inject 83.3MW into the national grid is currently undergoing reliability tests to confirm its output. This is the final process signaling completion of construction period.

The initial steam admission, which is an integral part of verifying the performance of the turbine was conducted by the turbine manufacturer, Fuji Electric Global in conjunction with the project Contractor, Marubeni Corporation.

The tests come nearly nine months since the commencement of works to install the steam turbine at the new power plant. The turbine is now the largest single unit of turbine ever installed in any of KenGen’s geothermal power stations. This was also the first time a Fuji turbine was being installed not only in Kenya but in Africa.

Today, geothermal accounts for up to 39% of KenGen’s total installed generation capacity. With the additional 83MW, geothermal is expected to grow from the current 713MW to 796MW pushing up the share of KenGen’s geothermal installed capacity to about 42%.

Construction of Olkaria I, Additional Unit 6 geothermal power plant commenced in December 2018 following a groundbreaking ceremony which was graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Today, KenGen PLC has an installed generation capacity of 1,818MW, of which over 86% is drawn from green sources namely: Hydro (826MW), Geothermal (713MW), Thermal (253MW), and Wind (26MW).

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Friday, March 4, 2022: Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano yesterday joined other key global leaders at the World Bank Group (WBG) event themed “Gender-Smart Investing: Private Sector Approaches to Advance Gender Equality” which aims to increase women participation in both private and public employment sector.

The WBG event comes against the backdrop of a year-long initiative called #Accelerate Equality, marking the 10-year anniversary of the World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development (WDR2012). Speakers at the event shared approaches undertaken across the WBG to channel more investment capital towards efforts that remove barriers to women’s ownership of and control of assets, such as housing and financial services.

Speaking during the event, the KenGen MD and CEO said, “Gender-smart investing is about addressing gender gaps and levelling up the position of women so they have equal opportunities to men. Gender should be integrated into our existing processes, not added as a separate activity..”

A landmark study by McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) found that if women were to participate in the economy identically to men, they could add as much as $28 trillion or 26 percent to annual global GDP (roughly the combined size of the current U.S. and Chinese economies) by 2025.”

“I challenge the private sector to play a more active role in partnership with government and non-government organizations to address the issues that limit the involvement of women in economic development and unlock economic opportunities for all.” She added.

In 2016, KenGen founded the Pink Energy Initiative to uplift the status of women within KenGen. The forum has since advanced to a sectoral platform to enjoin the other state agencies within the Ministry of Energy. Anchored on three pillars; personal development and empowerment, creating a conducive work environment for women employees and gender awareness, the initiative has enabled women at the organization to make remarkable progress on professionalism, career growth, health and wellness, financial management, parenting and mentorship.

During the International Women’s Day in March 2021, KenGen bagged a gender award under the Annual Trailblazer Awards from the Ministry of Public Service and Gender in recognition of its efforts to promote gender mainstreaming and women empowerment through its Pink Energy Initiative.

The NSE-listed firm’s CEO, spoke at the event in her capacity as a member of the World Bank Group’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development. Miano joined the Council in July 2020.

KenGen PLC is East Africa’s largest electricity producer and is among the top 10 geothermal energy producers in the world.

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Today, KenGen PLC has an installed generation capacity of 1,818MW, of which over 86% is drawn from green sources namely: Hydro (826MW), Geothermal (713MW), Thermal (253MW), and Wind (26MW).

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Frank D. Ochieng Tel:0721816896

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