Kenya: 40MW Hydropower Station Halts Due to Drought

July 1, 2009

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) announced the closure of a 40 megawatts power generation unit at Masinga Dam due to low water levels in the area and poor rainfall, further escalating a worsening power crisis that has gripped the country. If Kenya’s shorter rain season in October turns out favorable, the hydropower unit could be taken into operation again before the end of the year, as stated by KenGen yesterday in Nairobi.

In the meantime, Kenya Association of Manufacturers yesterday asked its members, who count among the main power consumers in the country, to reduce peak time consumption to cushion the country from power rationing.

Kenya’s government has been further assessing new geothermal sources of power to keep up with electricity demand, which increases by about 8% per year.

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