KenGen starts geo­ther­mal study to pro­duce more un­tapped power

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

KenGen has be­gun a geo­ther­mal de­vel­op­ment study with a view to pro­duc­ing more power. MD Albert Mugo said Kenya has the po­ten­tial to pro­duce 10000MW geo­ther­mal en­ergy in 23 sites. “So far we have only tapped 650MW of geo­ther­mal en­ergy and we are work­ing with other part­ners so we can in­crease geo­ther­mal power,” he said. Mugo said the cost of geo­ther­mal ex­plo­ration had for years re­mained the big­gest im­ped­i­ment. “De­spite the chal­lenge, we have seen the num­ber of geo­ther­mal wells rise from two in the 1970s to 218 cur­rently,” he said. Mugo de­fended KenGen op­er­a­tions in Hell’s Gate Na­tional Park in Naivasha and said the firm is work­ing with the Kenya Wildlife Ser­vice to con­serve and pro­tect the ecosys­tem. A few months ago, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists said birds in the park were de­clin­ing at an alarm­ing rate due to the on­go­ing works. They said the park is sup­posed to pro­tect the dwin­dling num­bers of wildlife.

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