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In Kenya, the Coast Water Services Board has engaged a Sh27 billion ($12.365m) deal with Zormar Group of Companies to build a hybrid renewable energy power plant to supply electricity to the Baricho water works.

The deal, which is expected to provide 120MW of wind and solar generated electricity, comes in the wake of Baricho water plant being continually disconnected by Kenya Power due to unpaid electricity bills, reports the Daily Nation.

Hybrid renewable capacity

Zormar Group’s vice president Martin Okore said: “Energy costs at the Baricho [water] plant currently consume over 73% of the total revenues generated by the plant, meaning that the plant cannot sustain itself and play its mandate of meeting the region’s water needs.”

Coast Water Services Board’s engineer David Kanui, revealed that although the water plant has a capacity of 90,000 cubic metres a day, the firm only manages to pump 35,000 cubic metres per day.

Kanui added that the firm pays electricity bills in excess of Sh35 million ($16,030) each month.

Power transmission lines

The wind and solar power plant is predicted to produce 120MW to run the water plant, and will also include erecting power lines for transmission as well as two high voltage substations.

Okore said, “The plant will generate 120MW of low cost wind and solar power for the water treatment plant at Lango-Baya, which will need 7MW. The rest will be injected into the national grid, with the first phase expected to generate 46.5MW.”

According to Okore the first phase of the project, anticipated for completion within one year, will cost Sh10.5 billion ($100m).

In addition, Okore said it will be partnering with Shelter Solutions Company, BCleantech Company and Siemens AG Erlangen from Germany in a public private partnership with the water board.