70% owned by Nairobi, Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) today manages 1,818 MW of electricity capacity, out of a total of 2,990 MW in the East African country. The overwhelming majority of the public company’s energy park comes from green sources: hydroelectricity (826 MW), geothermal energy (713 MW), thermal (253.5 MW) and wind (25.5 MW).
The company listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange and led since 2017 by Rebecca Miano, a lawyer by training with thirty years of experience in the energy sector, has made a unique reputation in the development of geothermal energy on the continent. “Our achievements in this regard have lifted Kenya to eighth in the world and first in Africa. All other things being equal, the commissioning of unit 6 of the Olkaria I field [d’une capacité de 83,3 MW, attendu en juillet 2022, ndlr] will allow us to achieve the seventh position and to bring us closer to the club of companies managing at least 1 GW of geothermal energy”, welcomes the company in its 2021 annual report.
“Contrary to what has happened elsewhere, KenGen has been developing geothermal energy in Kenya for several years, and other countries are now benefiting from this experience. We see people coming here [au Kenya] to study what has been achieved by KenGen, looking for alternative sources of income,” says Nickson Bukachi, senior renewable energy officer at the Energy and oil (EPRA).
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