A new geothermal plant in Kenya has added 79 MW to the East African country’s national grid, according to Kenya Electricity Generating Co (KenGen). The plant will eventually produce 158 MW the firm said. The remaining 79 MW will come online by the end of August.
The Olkaria V plant was first synchronized to the grid on June 28 this year and its first unit has reached its full design output, with a second unit next to come on line.
A significant amount of Kenya’s power generation comes from geothermal power, ranking as the second biggest power source.
KenGen, in which the government is a majority shareholder, said the extra output from the first unit of Olkaria V will bring its total installed capacity from geothermal sources to 612 MW.