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KenGen to co-develop geothermal power projects with private firm
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) and Akiira Geothermal Ltd (AGL) consortium plan to develop several geothermal projects together in a joint venture deal, which would be the first to be signed by KenGen and an independent power producer (IPP).
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Eastern Africa Energy Landscape
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Kenya has a total installed capacity of 3,074 MW (or 3 GW).
- Geothermal 949 MW
- Hydropower 838 MW
- Wind 437 MW
- Solar 173 MW
- Thermal (diesel/kerosene-fired generators) 646 MW
- Off-grid 34 MW
- Biomass 2 MW
However, while the installed capacity stands at 3,074 MW, the effective power capacity (the power that can be availed to the national grid at any given time) is about 2,860 MW.
In terms of the generation mix, geothermal is Kenya’s workhorse energy source contributing to nearly half of the consumed electricity, followed by hydropower, wind, solar and thermal plants in that order.
Kenya’s peak demand stands at 2,057 MW. This leaves the country with a spare capacity of 803 MW, which is equivalent to 28%—nearly double the global rate.
Uganda has a total installed capacity of 1,270 MW
- Hydropower 1,024 MW
- Thermal 100 MW
- Cogeneration 64 MW
- Solar 60 MW
Uganda’s peak demand stands at 724 MW. This leaves the country with a spare capacity of 546 MW, which is equivalent to 43%—nearly thrice the global rate.
Tanzania has a total installed capacity of 1,608 MW, led by natural gas-fired power (nearly half), followed by hydropower and thermal in that order. Peak demand is about 1,200MW.