14 April 2010 – Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) invited companies on Wednesday to carry out feasibility studies for nine new wind sites.
KenGen, Kenya’s biggest electricity producer, already has a 5.5 megawatt plant on the outskirts of the capital and is in the process of increasing output at that site by 10 MW.
East Africa’s biggest economy is diversifying its sources of electricity away from hydro-electric generation and hopes to lean more on geothermal and wind energy in future.
"In order to develop more wind power, KenGen has identified nine potentially productive sites around the country," the company said in an advertisement in the Daily Nation newspaper, adding that it was already collecting data at the sites.
The winning company will be required to analyse available wind data, establish wind capacity at each site, carry out environmental surveys, evaluate the transmission line and sub-station capacity, and develop a conceptual design.
Another company, Lake Turkana Wind Power, is in the process of setting up a 300 MW wind facility in Kenya’s remote north.
KenGen has an installed capacity of 761 MW of hydroelectricity, another 115 MW from geothermal fields and 139.8 MW from burning fossil fuels to turn turbines.