Kenya to invest in construction of new power plants

Aug 31, 2001 02:00 AM

The Kenyan government plans to invest $ 2.27 bn from 2002 to 2019 in construction of new power plants, Energy Minister Ralia Odinga has said. The minister was quoted as saying that the power development plan involves the construction of six 4-MW geothermal plants, a 161-MW hydropower plant and diesel plants with a combined generation of 540 MW.
Speaking at a seminar on commercial development of geothermal resources held here, Odinga said these power plants with a combined capacity of producing 1,085 MW will be built to meet the projected demand for electricity during the period.

The minister also revealed that the government's move to import power from South Africa has taken a step forward with the appointment of a firm which will undertake the construction of a power line to Arusha, a northern town in Tanzania.
Odinga further announced that negotiations are underway for increased power importation from Uganda in a bid to alleviate power shortage in the country.

Due to severe drought over the past two years, Kenya has experienced a power shortage, greatly affecting the country's economic development.

Source: Xinhua
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