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KenGen says on course to complete 165MW Olkaria V plant.

Development of the 165.4MW Olkaria V Geothermal Power Plant in Naivasha is 75 per cent complete, KenGen managing director Rebecca Miano has said.

She on Friday said the project is right on schedule as two generator units, each weighing 130 metric tonnes, departed the Port of Mombasa on Thursday.

"This signals the beginning of the final process towards the completion of the plant," she said in a media statement.

She said ther major equipment, such as turbine casing and condenser units, have already been delivered at the site.

"On ground, both platforms are ready to receive the generators and the hoisting team is in place, having assembled the powerhouse crane and specialised hoisting system," Miano said.

The hoisting and positioning of each generator unit will take approximately three days with preparations before hoisting arrival for each taking a minimum of one week.

The Sh40 billion project, whose construction commenced in January 2017, is set for commissioning in July 2019.

It comprises two units under construction by the Consortium of Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd and H-Young and Company E.A Limited.

The KenGen CEO said the firm has an ambitious plan of developing an additional 720 MW by the year 2020.

The company's current installed capacity is 1,631 MW.

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Publication:The Star (Nairobi, Kenya)
Date:Oct 12, 2018
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