KenGen Revives Plan to Produce Power From Nairobi Dumpsite

KenGen on Tuesday, November 24 reiterated its commitment to generate power from Nairobi’s biggest dumpsite in Dandora as part of its green initiative.

Speaking to journalist during virtual forum, KenGen managing director Rebecca Miano revealed that the plans to build a waste to energy plant at the dumpsite is still on course.

She stated that the power producing company would soon close the request for feasibility studies before settling on a suitable applicant.

”This is part of our diversification strategy and effort to conserve the environment. We signed this deal with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services in August,” Miano said.

KenGen and Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) signed an agreement in August this year in which the Major General Mohammed Badi led entity is expected to avail land near or at the Dandora dumpsite in addition to solid waste, while the power generator will finance, develop, and operate the power plant.

Dandora dumpsite in Nairobi. Photo/Courtesy

The project would see Nairobi join cities like Durban in South Africa that generates large-scale electricity from garbage.

Currently, KenGen’s generation capacity is 1,803 MW comprising 818MW hydro, 706MW geothermal; 253.5MW thermal and 25.5MW wind, accounting for a huge pie of Kenya’s total installed electricity generation capacity of 2,763 MW.

The firm plans to more than double the country’s electricity generating capacity to 4,270 MW by 2025.

KenGen’s asset base has also grown from Kshh379 billion in 2018 to Sh401 billion in 2019. The income has also increased with more than double to Ksh619 million in 2019 as compared to Ksh275 million the previous year.

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