Olkaria I geothermal power plant in Kenya undergoes life extension refurbishment

  • The Star in Kenya reports that the oldest geothermal power station in the country has been shut down to pave the way for its rehabilitation, with plans to change turbines and introduce new technology.

Under the two year programme by Kengen, Olkaria I power plant in Naivasha will see electricity production increase from the current 45MW to 63MW. The electricity generating company said that works on the 140MW and 84MW Olkaria 6 and 7 plants in Naivasha were at an advanced stage.

According to Kengen geothermal development general manager Peketsa Mangi, Olkaria I power plant had already been shut down to pave the way for rehabilitation. Mangi is optimistic that the power plant will come back bigger and stronger as the contractor moved in to replace the old turbines.

“The power plant was originally generating 45MW but we expect this to rise to 63MW when the rehabilitation exercise is done in a couple of years,” he said.

Speaking in Naivasha, the senior officer said that the deficit caused by the shutting down of the old power plant had been addressed by 86MW from Olkaria I (unit 6) plant. “In a bid to address the issue of electricity security, the government shall be launching the Ethiopia-Kenya transmission line where we shall be getting an extra 200MW,” he said.

Mangi at the same time announced that works on the multi-million Geothermal Training Center in Naivasha will start in two weeks time. The project that has been funded by the World Bank at a cost of $2.8 million (Sh385.4 million) will offer training in renewable energy and is expected to be ready by next year.

Source: The Star

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