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Refinery enters power sector to cut rising costs

6 February 2009 – Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited (KPRL) is to construct an integrated gas turbine power generator to produce 20-24 MW of power for its internal use and for supply to the national grid.

The plant’s manufacturing manager, Andrew Harvey, was quoted as saying that the utilization and application of the gas turbine will reduce the constraints normally faced by the refinery when large quantities of fuel gas are generated than can be consumed by the fired heaters.

KPRL is the second largest consumer of electricity in Kenya after Bamburi Cement Company, but experiences frequent power surges despite having direct supply from the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC).

“The electrical power generated by the gas turbine generator will be used to drive the refinery and hence isolate the plant from the external power supply, which has been prone to numerous interruptions,” said Harvey.