The Ndula hydropower plant that was once capable of producing 2MW of power 92-years ago, will now serve as a museum anticipated to attract students and members of the public.
Last week, Kenya’s national power utility, Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), the KenGen Foundation as well as the National Museum of Kenya signed a mutual agreement to launch the museum, local radio station Capital FM reported.
The Ndula hydropower plant was decommissioned in 2010 due to operational challenges, media reported.
KenGen’s managing director and CEO Eng Albert Mugo, said: “The [Ndula hydropower] station used equipment that is outdated, making it extremely expensive to operate.” Read more…
According to media, during its peak days the Kiambu County-based power station was capable of producing 2MW.
Electric power production museum
Once the plant is proclaimed as a national heritage site as expected, it will become the first electric power production museum in East Africa, media reported.
As per the MoU, the partnership will involve conservation and management of the country’s heritage of electricity generation and conversion of the station into a museum through research, documentation, construction of necessary facilities, fabrication and curation of exhibition materials and preservation of the site and existing equipment.
“It will also involve the establishment of opportunities for education and training in heritage conservation and management as well as staff exchange and collaboration through training programs and workshops with special interest in evolution of power generation,” Mugo added.
Media further reported that the hydropower plant and its associated external components like the dam, Thika River and the waterfalls, which will be part of the basic display areas, will be preserved with minimal changes so as to present them in the most authentic manner. Read more…
Director general, national museums of Kenya, Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia said: “We expect the Ndula museum to drastically cut on the influx of students and members of the public who seek to visit the Company’s power stations on a daily.
“The Museum will offer a better learning environment for those seeking to learn more about electric power generation complete with a historic touch,” Kibunjia added.
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