In Summary
  • Power generator KenGen and distributor Kenya Power said on Saturday there will be major power disruptions on the Olkaria power line that serves major urban areas, including Nairobi, at the time the electricity generated at Olkaria will be loaded onto the national grid.
  • KenGen managing director Albert Mugo, however, said this is just preparatory work that will see an initial 70MW of the 280MW loaded for testing before it is commissioned around mid-April.
    Another 70MW will be commissioned in May before the balance is added later.

Kenya’s total power capacity will go up 17.5 per cent after the national grid gets an extra 280 megawatt boost starting 29th March 2014 as efforts to cut electricity costs gather steam.

This will raise the total installed electricity capacity to 1,880 megawatts from 1,600 megawatts in a move aimed at reducing the cost of electricity by substituting diesel powered generators with renewable power.

Power generator KenGen and distributor Kenya Power said on Saturday there will be major power disruptions on the Olkaria power line that serves major urban areas, including Nairobi, at the time the electricity generated at Olkaria will be loaded onto the national grid.

Kengen said that the addition will be done in phases to avoid massive power blackouts in the country.

“As part of the Government of Kenya’s effort to scale up power generation by 5,000 megawatts in 40 months, KenGen and Kenya Power require to access the national grid to facilitate the connection of the 280MW of geothermal power in Olkaria,” the two energy firms said in a statement on Saturday.

KenGen managing director Albert Mugo, however, said an initial 70MW of the 280MW will be loaded loaded for testing before it is commissioned around mid-April.

Another 70MW will be commissioned in May before the balance is added later.

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