Geothermal

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS), together with Mitsubishi Corporation and H. Young & Company Ltd., declare to have received a full-turnkey order to provide power generation facilities to Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen).

According to a joint press release, the order is inclusive of two sets of 70MW class steam turbines, generators and auxiliaries for installation at the Olkaria V Geothermal power plant in Nakuru district.

The Olkaria V Geothermal power plant, scheduled to go on-stream in 2019, is located approximately 100km northwest of Nairobi, Kenya's capital city, at an elevation of some 2,000 metres in the Great Rift Valley.

This new project will expand existing power plant facilities in the Olkaria geothermal field with the aim of alleviating severely stretched power supplies in Kenya's urban areas while increasing power supply from renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions, the press release stated.

The project is being carried out with an official development assistance loan arrangement, extended to KenGen by the Japanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Geothermal accessories

MHPS will be responsible for the design of the geothermal facilities and will supply the steam turbines, generators, condensers, and other main auxiliaries.

Applying its extensive expertise as an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor, the company will also dispatch technical advisors to the site to assist H. Young with expertise in installation and commissioning.

According to the release, the company has already supplied six sets of power generating equipment for the Olkaria I and II geothermal power plants with 150MW total output.

Geothermal power generation capacity

Kenya is reported to rank at ninth position worldwide in terms of geothermal power generation capacity.

In recent years, demand for electric power has been increasing in step with the country's steady economic growth. In response to this demand, KenGen is focusing on building new geothermal plants and expanding the output of existing facilities.