MORE than 60 companies are in the race for two tenders to develop coal and gas fired power plants in Kenya. The ministry of energy said yesterday a total of 62 companies, both local and international, have responded to the expression of interest issued more than three weeks ago for development the two power plants.
Of these, 26 are interested in the coal power plant while 36 are interested in Natural gas-fired power plant. The expression of interest is for development of one 900-1000mw coal power plant at Lamu and development of a 700 - 800mw natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant including a floating storage and re-gasification unit at Dongo Kundu, Mombasa.
The bids were opened on Friday in the presence of representatives of interested firms and the media at the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum headquarters in Nyayo House. It was also witnessed by the Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum Davis Chirchir and Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge.
The coal and gas fired power plants are projects under the 5000+MW programme launched by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum early last month which aims at putting an additional over 5000MW into the national grid by 2016.
Evaluation on the 62 bids received will begin from Tuesday October 29 and the qualifying firms will then move to the next stage called request for proposal.
The cabinet Secretary acknowledged the big interest shown by investors and expressed optimism that targets under the 5000+MW programme will be met.
The ministry launched the "5000+ Megawatts for transforming Kenya" programme on September 9 2013 and thereafter from September 28 sent out requests for expressions of interest for development of the coal power plant and development of the natural gas fired combined cycle power plant including a floating storage and re-gasification unit at Dongo Kundu. The closing of the EOIs was yesterday which was followed by the opening.