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Kenya : TROPICAL POWER ENERGY GROUP all set to inaugurate THE 2.2MW NAIVASHA BIOGAS PLANT.

Africa is ready to commission its maiden organic crop waste-based power generation facility in Naivasha, Kenya, in next month.

The soon-to-be-commissioned green power plant, which utilizes organic crop waste to produce power, will supply electricity of 2.2MW to the national grid.

Tropical Power Energy Group has developed the first Anaerobic Digester (AD) facility in the African region in a bid to deliver power to Kenya Power.

This Plant uses locally available organic crop waste, which is then absorbed by micro-organisms lacking oxygen to generate biogas. Subsequently the biogas is combusted in gas engines to facilitate generation of power and heat.

The Tropical Power MD Johnnie McMillan stated, "The Gorge Farm AD Plant is a pioneering power project for Kenya. Distributed power projects are vital to Kenya's energy security, reliability and efficiency, by generating electricity close to the point of use."

"Through biogas and solar, we want to displace expensive and imported generation fuels - like diesel and heavy fuel oil - from Kenya's distributed power mix. The Gorge Farm AD Plant is physical proof that locally-produced feedstock can be used to generate clean and cost-effective distributed power for all Kenyans."

The Gorge Farm AD Plant annually uses organic crop waste of 50,000 tonnes and will make nitrogen-rich stuff of a minimum of 35,000 tonnes as a by-product from the biogas procedure. This rich natural fertiliser will be utilized by the Plant to boost the condition of the soil and in turn, enhance crop production.

McMillan is a big supporter of the AD technology that exploit large scale farming, and food as well as beverage production.

He added, "This is exciting for Kenya, where agriculture is a mainstay of the economy and there is a strong domestic food production capability. We have worked with tier one partners to ensure the bankability of this and future projects for farmers and feedstock owners."

General Electric has accomplished its maiden delivery of Jenbacher gas engines for any East African project intended for generating renewable energy. The configuration of the containerized gas engines facilitates cogeneration, and the surplus heat is captured as hot water to allow the process heating of the Plant.

The Gorge Farm AD Plant was set up with an investment of US$6.5 million (Sh591 million). The project, which needed one year for completion, is expected to offer a reimbursement period of 65 months, because of the combination of grid sales and higher tariff energy supply to Gorge Farm. The Plant will have an efficient life of over two decades.

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