Olkaria VI geothermal project

The Kenya Electricity Generating Company Plc (KenGen) on 14 November began prequalification for the implementation of the 140MW Olkaria VI geothermal plant, which will be located around 120km from Nairobi in the Rift Valley. The project will be developed on a build, own, operate transfer basis under the country’s public-private partnership framework.

The plant will be adjacent to Olkaria II. Power will be supplied to the grid via the Olkaria IAU 220kV substation, which is located 3.75km from the site. Kenya Power will be the offtaker. KenGen has drilled and tested production wells for the project and will be responsible for the operation, maintenance, and management of the steam supply. The successful bidder will form a special purpose vehicle in which KenGen will hold a 25% stake.

KenGen currently owns and operates the 45MW Olkaria I units I-III, 150MW Olkaria I units IV and V, 105MW Olkaria II, 150MW Olkaria IV, and 165.4MW Olkaria V, as well as 83.3MW of wellhead generators. Construction of Olkaria I unit VI, which will have 83.3MW capacity, is under way and is expected to be online in 2021. The 150MW Olkaria III is owned by Israel’s Ormat Technologies Inc.

A prequalification and investor conference will be held on 27 November in Nairobi. Submissions are due by 23 December.

Contact: Supply chain director, Kenya Electricity Generating Company Plc, Stima Plaza III, Kolobot Road, Parklands, P.O. Box 47936 – 00100, Nairobi, Kenya. Email: tenders@kengen.co.ke cc: enjenga@kengen.co.ke, bmusyoka@kengen.co.ke, akiburi@kengen.co.ke


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