An American firm, Cummins Cogeneration plans to inject 2MW of power to the national grid from March 2015.The firm will generate power from a toxic shrub popularly known as ‘Mathenge’ plant in Baringo.The KES 2.7 million ($30 million) Mathenge plant is a joint partnership between Cummins Power Generation and British firm Gentec Energy.

Cummins has finalized the preliminary phase of its 10.8MW biofuel plant in Baringo, which will burn the toxic Mathenge tree to produce electricity. The owners of the project completed in the first phase, has an installed power capacity of 2.4MW. The second phase of Cummins will inject 7MW into the national grid.

The firm has signed a power purchase agreement with Kenya Power to supply 2MW of power at a cost of KES 9.16 per kilowatt-hour to the grid.

Cummins, the Independent Power Producer constructing the Baringo Mathenge power plant, becomes Kenya’s second firm to generate power from biofuels. Last week, a Naivasha based horticultural farm announced plans to feed 2.6MW of electricity to the grid.

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