23 June 2009 – Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is seeking for a consultant to study the viability of constructing a new hydropower plant along the river Tana.

KenGen has an installed capacity of 1,005 megawatts and provides about 80 percent of all electricity in Kenya.  It plans to increase its generation capacity with an addition of 500 megawatts over the next five years to meet raising power demand currently estimated at eight per cent.

Kengen is seeking consultants to advise it on the design of two geothermal power plants, with a capacity of 70 megawatts and 140 megawatts.

Objectives of the study include estimating the cost, preparing a preliminary design for the plant and preparing a construction schedule.

The deadline for expressions of interest in the proposed Karura Hydropower Project, located about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the 40 megawatt Kindaruma Power Station, is July 20. Kindaruma is located about 200 kilometers north of the capital, Nairobi.