Sosian Energy commissions 35MW geothermal power plant in Kenya

  • Sosian Energy’s 35MW geothermal power plant in Menengai, Kenya, has started to supply power to the national grid.

Sosian Menengai Geothermal Power Limited (SMGPL) is located Menengai Geothermal Field in Nakuru, Kenya. The plant has been constructed on a 25year Build-Own-Operate (BOO) basis through a PPA with Kenya Power. SMGPL has been issued with GoK Support Letter and Partial Risk Guarantee from ADF.

Electricity from the geothermal power plant is being sold at a rate 6.9 US cents or about Sh9.6 per kWh. The plant is one of three 35MW independent power producer operations that have entered a public private partnership scheme with Kenya Power who aims to boost investment to increase generation capacity in the geothermal sector. The State-owned Geothermal Development Company (GDC) drilled the wells, built the steam gathering facilities, and is selling the steam to the three companies.

Globeleq started construction of their 35MW plant in June 2023 and is expected to start feeding electrons into the grid 2025. Read more

The third project is being developed by Orpower Twenty Two who were just last week 100% acquired by Kaishan Renewable Energy Development Pte Ltd. (Kaishan), a wholly owned subsidiary of the China-based Kaishan Group Co. Ltd

Kaishan has stated the intention of injecting additional capital into OrPower 22 after the acquisition and start the construction of the plant as soon as possible.

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