Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) is the leading electric power generating company in East Africa. The company was incorporated in 1954 under the Kenyan Companies Act as Kenya Power Company (KPC) and mandated to generate electricity through the development, management, and operation of power plants. The shareholders of the Company later contracted East Africa Power and Lighting Company (EAP&L) to manage KPC. In 1983, EAP&L changed its name to Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC).
Come January 1998, the Government of Kenya restructured the energy sector, separating generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity into distinct and autonomous functions. With this move, the management of KPC was separated from KPLC and renamed KenGen.
In 2006 the Government sold 30% of its stake in the company following a successful Initial Public Offer. Subsequently, KenGen was listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). Over the years, the company has continued to increase shareholder value through profitability and maintaining a sustainable growth path. In line with the organization’s strategic objectives, shareholders were given the opportunity to exercise their rights in a successful Rights Issue in 2016.
Today, KenGen PLC has an installed generation capacity of 1,803MW, of which about 86% is drawn from green sources namely: Hydro (818MW), Geothermal (706 MW), Thermal (253MW), and Wind (26MW). Of the electricity consumed by Kenyans on a daily basis, over 70% is generated by KenGen mostly from green sources.
KenGen has a presence in strategic areas across the country including Naivasha, which hosts the Olkaria and Eburru Geothermal fields, Western Region, Kipevu, Eastern Region, Upper Tana and Ngong.
Hydro was for a long time Kenya’s main source of electricity. The largest dams are situated in the Eastern Region popularly known as the Seven Forks consisting of five power plants situated along the Tana River. The plants are Masinga, Gitaru, Kindaruma, Kiambere and Kamburu power stations. The upper Tana comprises four power plants namely Tana, Wanjii, Sagana and Mesco. The other big dams are in the Western Region encompassing four hydro stations namely: Turkwel, Sondu Miriu, Sang’oro, and Gogo.
In line with KenGen’s green energy agenda, the company installed and commissioned several wind turbines on Ngong hills in the outskirts of Nairobi, which continues to add a rich mix of wind energy to the national grid.
To balance the grid, KenGen also operates some thermal power plants in Mombasa and Kisumu Counties, with the largest being the Kipevu power plant and a smaller one based in Muhoroni.
KenGen PLC was the first Kenyan Company to earn Carbon Asset funds under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
- Commissioned the first and biggest Geothermal Spa in Africa.
- Institutionalized innovation through the Company’s Annual G2G Innovation Seminar.
- Implemented a remarkable Community Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for 1,181 project affected persons in Olkaria Geothermal Consultancy works and commercial geothermal drilling contracts.
- ISO QMS 9001:2015 and EMS.