The Star (Nairobi)

31 July 2014

Kenya: Electricity Prices to To Come Down - Kengen

CONSUMERS will soon see a drop in the electricity bills, Kenya Electricity Generating Company has promised consumers, after adding 140MW to the national grid from the 280 megawatt (MW) Olkaria geothermal project.

Managing Director Albert Mugo said that another 140 MW will be fully commissioned and connected to the national grid by end of year, as geothermal power gradually replaces thermal power, and hopefully bring down the cost of electricity.

The 140MW is generated from two units, one of which completed reliability tests. The other unit is expected to complete the test by mid August.

Two more units are expected to commence reliability tests in September and October, as the power generating company continues implementation of the 280 MW geothermal project.

Mobile geothermal wellhead power plants are being installed and are expected to generate an additional 70MW, bringing to 350MW the total additional output from Olkaria.

"This year alone, 25.6 MW that was generated using the mobile wellhead power plants method has been added to the national grid," said Mugo.

Only 2.8 million Kenyans have access to electricity. This week, the government announced plans to increase electricity connections from the current 32 per cent to 70 per cent in the next five years.

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