Hydroelectric Plants in Kenya

Kindaruma
Location: Kenya
Operator: Kenya Electricity Generating Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 20 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1968
T/G supplier: Boving, AEI
EPC: Balfour Beatty
Quick facts: Kindaruma is connect to the 132kV grid. New governors were installed in December 2007.

Photograph courtesy of www.skyscrapercity.com
Posted 27 Feb 2013

Masinga
Location: Kenya
Operator: Kenya Electricity Generating Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 20 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1981
T/G supplier: Escher Wyss, BBC
EPC: Knight Piesold
Quick facts: Development of Masinga PS began in 1968. Full feasibility studies were started in mid 1975 and Masing was one of 11 projects in the Seven Forks cascade hydropower scheme. The site is 70km from Embu town. Masinga cost KShs 1.24bn and the project took seven years from feasibility studies to construction. Ground-breaking was on 2 Mar 1978 and commissioning was on 2 Dec 1981.

Photograph courtesy of Alberto Martín López
Posted 27 Feb 2013

Sondu Miriu
Location: Kenya
Operator: Kenya Electricity Generating Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 60 MW Francis
Operation: 2007-2008
T/G supplier: Toshiba
EPC: Konoike Construction, Taisei, Viedekke Heavy Construction Co, H Young & Co, Murray & Roberts Contractors Intl
Quick facts: In 1996, after years of discussion, Japan’s OECF committed to assist in financing this hydroelectric project on the Sondu River, which drains into Lake Victoria. The site is on the border of Nyando and Rachuonyo districs in Nyanza province. A final resettlement plan was received in Nov 1996, the first funds for were released in 1997, and preliminary construction started in Mar 1999. In Jun 2001, however, the Japanese government suspended fund transfers while additional studies were completed. In Mar 2004, JBIC signed a $95mn second-phase loan agreement with KenGen and construction resumed in Oct 2004. A 50km, 132kV tie-line was built to Kisumu S/S. The new plant came online at a total cost of about Ksh9.4bn.

Photograph courtesy of IHI
Posted 27 Feb 2013

 
Tana New
Location: Kenya
Operator: Kenya Electricity Generating Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 4.3 MW, 2 X 5.5 MW Francis
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: Resita, Turboinštitut
EPC: Farab International, Hadish Engineering
Quick facts: Construction on the original Tana PS began in 1932. KenGen decided to redevelop the scheme with a new 25-MW power station to replace the old 20-MW plant. Two generators are fed by water from the Maragua River, and two other units by water impounded by the Merila Barrage. On 22 July 2010, the first unit was put in operation and synchronized with the grid. This power plant was Iran's first completed international hydro EPC project.

Photograph courtesy of Hadish Engineering
Posted 10 Dec 2010

Turkwel
Location: Kenya
Operator: Kenya Electricity Generating Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 54 MW Francis
Operation: 1991
T/G supplier: Neyrpic, Alsthom-Jeumont
EPC: Sogreah, Spie-Batignolles
Quick facts: This project includes a thin, double-cambered arch dam with a maximum height of 150m, a 5.5km headrace and penstock, and an underground powerhouse 250m deep. The project was built in six years and cost Ksh7.5bn, substantially more than originally estimated.

Photograph courtesy of Kenya Electricity Generating Co Ltd
Posted 25 Jul 2007

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 02-Dec-2015

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