Kenya's KenGen plans 120 MW thermal plant by 2010
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Kenya's KenGen plans 120 MW thermal plant by 2010 UPDATED 21 Jul 2009 | 08:58  
Kenya's KenGen plans 120 MW thermal plant by 2010

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) plans a fuel-powered electricity plant for 120 megawatts by 2010 to steer clear of outages, it said on Tuesday.

The utility produces 77 percent of Kenya's 1,296 MW power. Most of it is generated by hydroelectric dams but drought has depleted water levels and forced the company to shut down one station.

"To address the increasing power supply-demand imbalance, KenGen has been mandated ... to construct and commission a 110-120 MW thermal power plant on a fast track basis," the firm said in a newspaper advertisement.

"It is intended to develop the project under an Engineering Procurement and Construction or turnkey contract basis and that the plant would be operational by end of 2010."

KenGen said it was in the process of contracting a supplier and installer of the generator sets.

The new plant will be located in the coastal city of Mombasa, next to an already functioning station producing 75 MW from diesel-fired generators and another 60 MW by turbines turning on gas.

Kenya wants to ramp up production of environmentally-friendly energy by adding 2,000 MW of electricity from coal, geothermal, wind and clean coal sources.

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