Kenya’s Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has declared that in March 2018 Independent Power Producers (IPPs) of the Menengai Geothermal Project will host the ground-breaking ceremony for the first of the three power plants that are planned for construction.
Quantam East Africa Power Limited will be breaking ground for the first 35MW power plant followed by Sosian Menengai Geothermal Power Limited (SMGPL).
This will be a key milestone for GDC as it the project is hot on the heels of government’s assurance of its support for Menengai. Read more…
Speaking on Monday during the Annual Staff Review Meeting in Nairobi, GDC managing director and CEO Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe assured staff that with accelerated project timelines and delivery, he is confident that by March 2018, the project’s first IPP will enter the market.
“Both IPPs have already received their letters of support and we trust that we will have banks on board to provide letters of credit. In addition, our steam gathering system is 90% complete and by March all should be done,” Nchoe said.
Menengai Geothermal Project
The three IPPs licensed by GDC include Orpower 22 Limited, Sosian Menengai Geothermal Power Limited (SMGPL) and Quantam East Africa Power Limited.
They will be required to generate and supply power to the national grid from the Menengai Geothermal Project.
The companies plan to invest $210 million in the construction of the power plants.
The project is expected to give 500,000 households and 300,000 businesses access to low-cost power under the government’s 5,000MW initiative.
Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (Ketraco) has already set up a 132kV substation that will transmit 105MW of power from the power plants.
Under the arrangement – inaugurated The Menengai Model by the African Development Bank – GDC takes care of upfront risks, and invitations to private sector players to construct, own and operate the plants.
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