Kenya Commissions 83MW Unit Six of Olkaria 1 Geothermal Power Plant

  • Kenya’s state-owned energy utility, the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has announced the full commissioning of Unit 6 of the Olkaria I geothermal power plant.
  • The announcement was made by CEO Rebecca Miano.
  • This means that an additional 83MW of generation capacity has been added to the Kenyan grid.  

With the successful commissioning, the share of geothermal energy increases from 37.3% to 42%. It also pushes the total geothermal power generation in Kenya to 944 MW.

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