The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is testing the final unit of the 280MW Olkaria geothermal power project ahead of its unveiling in December, 2014. This injection intends to further reduce the cost of power among consumers and businesses.
The 70MW unit 5 already connected to the national grid will generate 52.5MW into the system as tests continue being carried out. This marks the final phase of the KES 115.4 billion Olkaria geothermal project. The project consists of 140MW Olkaria IV launched in October and Olkaria 1 units 4 and 5 each with a capacity of 70MW.
Geothermal power accounted for 42.7% of the 794.1 million units of electricity bought by homes and business in the month of October while hydro power accounted for 35.1%.
With the ongoing testing, KenGen’s steam power output stands at 4,668MW up from 158MW in December last year.
KenGen plans to double its power capacity by 3,000MW by 2018 from the current 1,335MW.