Kenya: Feasibility Study for New Hydropower Plant in Karura

June 18, 2009

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A newly proposed Hydropower Construction Project in Karura, which is located about 15 kilometers from the 40 megawatts Kindaruma Power Station and a 200 km north of Nairobi, is officially tendering for consultancy services to conclude a feasibility study for a major Hydropower Station. The feasibility study shall cover cost estimations as well as a preliminary design for this major Hydropower Construction Project, as announced in Kenya’s Daily Nation today.

The deadline for expressions of interest is July 20th 2009.

Kenya Electric announced two days ago on June 16 that they are seeking for consultants to advise it on the design of two new major geothermal power plants, with a targeted capacity of 70 megawatts and 140 megawatts respectively.

The energy situation in Kenya is continuously worsening due to escalating energy prices and growing demand from domestic energy consumers. Emissions from the use of non-renewable fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal present a frightening environmental scenario. The answer to Kenya’s energy issue is to focus instead on increased use of renewable energy sources, such as hydropower, geothermal power, clean power from biomass and from other renewable energy technologies.

Geothermal power is cost effective, reliable, and environmentally friendly, but has historically been limited to areas near tectonic plate boundaries. Recent technological advances have dramatically expanded the range and size of resources that can be used efficiently, thus opening a potential for more widespread exploitation.

Kenya has just starting to tap into its immense resources for geothermal power.

Hydroelectric power on the other hand can be far less expensive than electricity that is generated from conventional fossil fuels or even nuclear energy. Areas with abundant hydroelectric power attract industry, as the energy production output is usually quite high and very stable.

However, environmental concerns about the negative effects of major hydropower stations on water reservoirs may development of economic hydropower sources in certain areas.

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