- Hydroelectric dams on Tana River Basin have risen to a three-year high following months of heavy rains.
- The rising share of hydro power in the national power grid is replacing the expensive diesel-dependent thermal electricity generators.
Power generator KenGen has started discharging water from Masinga Dam into River Tana after the reservoir filled up, setting the stage for a further fall in electricity prices.
Water in the dam has risen to 1,056.68 metres against a maximum level of 1,056.50 metres. KenGen is discharging 70 cubic metres per second.
Hydroelectric dams on Tana River Basin have risen to a three-year high following months of heavy rains.
This has helped double the share of hydro in the national grid to 40 per cent, a rise that is expected to cut the fuel levy in power bills further after falling to Sh4.95 per kilowatt hour (kwh) in May from April’s Sh5.35 on reduced use of expensive diesel generators.
On Tuesday, Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter urged residents of Garissa, Hola, Garsen and Bura to move to safer grounds after announcing the dam would start overflowing once it fills to capacity.
“Masinga is the biggest dam. Already there has been spilling in the other dams such as Kiambere. We will be expecting Masinga to spill any time. This is an alert we are raising,” Mr Keter said.
Masinga Dam feeds four other dams downstream, which are already full.