An independent power producer Africa Geothermal International Limited (AGIL) is embarking on a Sh52 billion ($600 m) power project at the Longonot steam fields that is expected to generate 140 megawatts (MW) of electricity upon completion in 2017. The firm said it would start drilling exploratory wells at its 132 kilometre square field at Longonot next year and expects to start feeding 70MW of electricity to the national grid by 2016. The plant will then be scaled up to produce 140MW by the following year. “It is estimated that during the construction phase, the Longonot geothermal plant will employ up to 1 000 people for close to $600 million of investment,” said Fassine Fofana chief executive AGIL.
The independent power producer – also a member of the Power Africa initiative led by Barack Obama – aims to add 60MW to Kenya’s 1,672MW national power grid. In comparison, the UK had over 15.5GW of generation capacity in 2012.
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