Kenya to build 105 MW of geothermal power

Geothermal power plants totalling 105 MW are to be built in Kenya’s Rift Valley, according to reports.

The plants are planned as part of an initiative by the state-owned Geothermal Development Company (GDC) which aims to build 5 GW of capacity in Kenya by 2030.

According to African business magazine Ventures Africa, GDC has selected three independent power producers (IPPs) to build the plants: Australia’s Quantum Power, US-based Ormat Technologies and Kenyan Sosian Energy. The three firms were chosen from 12 bids submitted in September 2013.

Each company has been contracted to build a 35 MW steam power plant, and each will own and operate its own plant. Each plant is expected to cost around Sh4 billion (US$500 million).

GDC will supply steam for the plants at Sh3.05 ($0.04)/kWh. The company expects to finish drilling the geothermal wells for the project by the end of 2014, and grid connection for all three plants is planned by end 2015. 

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