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KenGen gets Cabinet nod on Gogo hydropower plant scale-up

KenGen has received Cabinet’s nod to scale up the production capacity of Gogo hydropower project in a re-development aimed at increasing its generation capacity from 2MW to 8.6 MW.The electricity generating company had announced plans to rehabilitate the plant in Western Kenya as one way of stabilising electricity supply and minimising power outages in the region.This is coming at a time when KenGen plans to generate an extra 3,000MW into the national grid, over the next ten years.According to the electricity producer, the objective of the project is to redevelop the 64-year old hydropower plant thus increasing the plant's capacity and efficiency, by utilising the good inflows from river Kuja and modernising the power plant.“The project will improve the efficiency of the plant, optimally utilise the inflows of the river and achieve a higher output, thereby improving the power situation in the region,” KenGen said in a statement.In September 2021, the European Union through the National Treasury and the Ministry of Energy provided a grant of EUR 700,000 (Sh110.5 million) to KenGen for Gogo hydropower plant's redevelopment feasibility study.The redevelopment will include the construction of a new powerhouse equipped with two vertical turbine generators, transformers, and the associated equipment.KenGen will also add a new 66/33kV substation and a dedicated 33kV double circuit power evacuation line, 29.9km from the new powerhouse to the Awendo sub-station.“The generated electricity from the plant is evacuated via an unstable 33kV distribution line to 132/33kV Awendo substation. The plant also experiences frequent breakdowns mainly due to aging,” reads the feasibility study that recommended redevelopment of Gogo hydropower plant.The 2MW Gogo hydropower plant was commissioned in 1958.

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  • Grace Njeri

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    Great milestone with vast benefits.

    • winnie nguru

      3 w

      This is such beautiful news. Go Kengen!

      • We Don't Have Time

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        • George Kariuki

          3 w

          Hopefully this is just the first step towards a more renewable energy future for Kenya!

          • Elizabeth Gathigia

            3 w

            Clean sources of energy is the way and this project will greatly help to promote the use of renewable energy in the country

            • Edwin wangombe

              3 w

              This is important and it will boost the energy sufficiency of Kenya

              • walter lungayi

                3 w

                This signifies a positive step towards enhancing renewable energy capacity in Kenya. This expansion project will contribute to the country's energy security and further promote the use of clean and sustainable power sources.

                • DIPANJANA MAULIK

                  3 w

                  Generating 4+ times (8.6 MW) from a 2 MW plant of 1958 is welcome if it is not affecting the river and ecology significantly. Construction of new power house, even with vertical turbine shall change the land use in the surroundings.

                  • Andy Kadir-Buxton

                    3 w

                    Wind and solar are cleaner and cheaper.

                  • Kevin

                    3 w

                    This has been a long overdue project and it's commencement will create hope for the future of renewable energy.

                    • Esther Wanjiku

                      3 w

                      This is ground breaking Kudos !

                      • johnte ndeto

                        3 w

                        @esther_wanjiku_785 it's really a great milestone towards hydropower

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