Diesel and Gas-Engine Power Plants in Kenya & Tanzania
Athi Gulf Power
Location: Kenya
Operator: Gulf Power
Configuration: 10 X 8-MW 20V32 engines
Operation: 2014
Fuel: heavy oil
E/G supplier: Wartsila
EPC: Wartsila, Hubei Electric Power Survey and Design Institute
Quick facts: In Jul 2009, Kenya Power launched an international tender for three large, HFO power plants to be developed under 20yr BOO arrangements. Two plants were sited at the Athi River Export Processing Zone in Kitengela about 30km from Nairobi City center. In Feb 2009, Gulf Power Ltd (GPL), a special purpose company affiliated with local oil importer and petrol distributor Gulf Energy, was announced as the lowest bidder on one of the projects. About three-quarters of the €80mn project was debt-financed with the IFC, OPEC Fund for International Development, and Standard Bank Group Ltd each lending €20mn. In Mar 2012, Wartsila signed a turnkey contract for the project, ground-breaking was on 8 Apr 2013, and the project went online in Dc 2014. The DPP connects to the 66kV grid.

Photograph courtesy of Gulf Power
Posted 19 Feb 2016

Athi Gulf Power
Location: Kenya
Operator: Triumph Power Generating Co
Configuration: 10 X 8-MW 18V32/40 engines
Operation: 2015
Fuel: heavy oil
E/G supplier: Hangzhou Zhonggao Engine Co
EPC: CGGC-UN Power Co Ltd
Quick facts: In Feb 2010, Triumph Power Generation Co was announced as one of the successful bidders for Kenya's 2009 IPP tender and was awarded the right to negotiate with KenGen to develop a second diesel IPP at Athi. In Dec 2012, agreements for Triumph Power project were signed between the Government of Kenya, Kenya Power, JP Morgan Bank, and the World Bank for a $45mn partial risk guarantee (PRG). The project, is a joint venture of the local companies Broad Holding, Southern Intertrade Ltd, Tecaflex Ltd, and Interpel Investments. The project went online in Apr 2015.

Photograph courtesy of CGGC-UN Power Co Ltd
Posted 5 Mar 2017

Hale Sisal Estate
Location: Tanzania
Operator: Katani
Configuration: 1 X 150-kW 180-GF-Z engine
Operation: 2007
Fuel: biogas
E/G supplier: Jinan Diesel
EPC: BEB BioEnergy Berlin GmbH, Guojiao Energy & Environmental Protection Engineering Co Ltd
Quick facts: In Nov 2004, Kitani Ltd laid the foundation stone for this project at Hale sisal estate in Korogwe District about 70km from Tanga. The project was funded by Common Fund for Commodities and UNIDO plus local agro-industries. The first-of-a-kind project uses sisal leaf waste and started up in mid-2007. It was formally inaugurated by President Kikwete in July 2008.

Photograph courtesy of Katani Ltd
Posted 1 Aug 2012

Location: Kenya
Operator: Kenya Electricity Generating Co Ltd
Configuration: 6 X 12.5-MW 9L58/64 engines CHP
Operation: 1999
Fuel: diesel oil
E/G supplier: MHI, ABB
EPC: Mitsubish Corp, Mott MacDonald, H Young
Quick facts: This project was supported by a ¥8,719mn loan from JICA. Work began in Mar 1995 and completed in Sep 1999, about 40% longer than the original plan. Commercial operation was in Dec 1999. The total cost was ¥9,928, 20% below the initial budget. Kipevu-I connects to the 132kV grid.

Photograph courtesy of Japan International Cooperation Agency
Posted 20 Feb 2016

Kipevu-II (Tsavo)
Location: Kenya
Operator: Tsavo Power Co Ltd
Configuration: 7 X 11.2 MW 18V38 engines
Operation: 2002
Fuel: heavy oil
E/G supplier: Wartsila
EPC: Wartsila, PowerConsult International
Quick facts: Tsavo Power was formed as a JV of Cinergy Global Power, Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) Ltd, a unit of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, Globeleq, and Wartsila. The plant was the first power project in Kenya built on a non-recourse basis and was partly financed by the IFC, which has a 5% equity stake. The plant entered service on-time and on-budget at €58.5mn. Wartsila Eastern Africa Ltd has a 15yr operation and maintenance agreement with the plant owners. Kipevu-II has a 15yr fuel supply agreement with Caltex Oil. The new plant increased Kenya’s installed capacity by almost 25%. PowerConsult International was owner's engineer.

Photograph courtesy of Graham Dilliway
Re-posted 6 Mar 2013

Location: Kenya
Operator: Kenya Electricity Generating Co Ltd
Configuration: 7 X 16.7-MW 18V46 engines
Operation: 2011
Fuel: heavy oil
E/G supplier: Wartsila, ABB
EPC: Wartsila, Sinclair Knight Merz
Quick facts: In Dec 2009, KenGen awarded Wartsila a contract for the 117-MW Kipevu-III project. Wartsila supplied the engines and gas-insulated switchgear for a substation. Owners engineer was Sinclair Knight Merz and the project was handed over on 6 March 2011, becoming the largest diesel power station in East Africa.

Photograph courtesy of Kenya Electricity Generating Co Ltd
Posted 6 Mar 2013

Location: Kenya
Operator: Aldwych International Ltd
Configuration: Diesel combined cycle with 5 X 17-MW 18V46 engines, 1 X 7.6 MW steam set
Operation: 2009
Fuel: heavy oil
HRSG supplier: Aalborg
E/G supplier: Wartsila, ABB, Dresser, GE
Quick facts: In May 2005, KPLC tendered for an 80 to 90 MW IPP at Embakasi near Nairobi. BWSC and Aldwych International Ltd won the tender. Due to logistic issue with the original location, the project was retendered and BWSC and Aldwych were nominated preferred bidder in Nov 2006. The award was appealed, caught-up in national politics, but finally closed in Oct 2008. The project went commercial in simple-cycle in Oct 2009 and combined-cycle operations began in May 2010. Rabai Power Ltd has a 20yr, BOOT PPA with Kenya Power.

Photograph courtesy of BWSC
Posted 9 Feb 2013

Mnazi Bay
Location: Tanzania
Operator: Artumas Group (T) Ltd
Configuration: 9 X 2.055-MW G3520C engines
Operation: 2006-2010
Fuel: natural gas
E/G supplier: Caterpillar
EPC: Mantrac Power Systems
Quick facts: The Mnazi Bay gasfield about 30km southeast of Mtwara town was discoverd by Agip in 1982. In 1994, McCaerthy, Sweeney & Harkeway did a fesibility study for a power station at the field and a PPA was signed with Artumas in May 2004 for gas and power development. The project and local electricity infrastructure was sold to Tanesco in Mar 2012.

Photograph courtesy of Mantrac
Posted 25 Sep 2011


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

Updated 05-Mar-2017