KenGen is us­ing clean hy­dro, wind geo­ther­mal power

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

KenGen plays an im­por­tant role in Kenya’s econ­omy. It pro­duces al­most 80 per cent of the elec­tric­ity con­sumed in the coun­try. Its his­tory dates back to 1954. It was then that the Kenya Power Com­pany was first reg­is­tered and was com­mis­sioned to con­struct a trans­mis­sion line be­tween the city of Nairobi and Tororo in Uganda, as well as to de­velop geo­ther­mal and other gen­er­at­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try. From its in­cep­tion, KPC sold its elec­tric­ity in bulk at cost to Kenya Power. To­day KenGen pos­sesses a work­force of over 2,000 staff dis­trib­uted across 30 dif­fer­ent sites where its power plants are lo­cated. The com­pany utilises var­i­ous sources to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity rang­ing from hy­dro, geo­ther­mal, ther­mal to wind. Of these, hy­dro is the lead­ing source ,with an in­stalled ca­pac­ity of 766.88MW, which is 65 per cent of the com­pany’s in­stalled ca­pac­ity.

ERICK KIZITO Nairobi

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