Western Kenya to Build New Hydropower Unit

June 3, 2009

As reported by Daily Nation Kenya, a new hydro-electric power station is planed along Yala River in West Kenya. The power station shall produce of up to 50 megawatts of electricity, and is scheduled to be part of the Nandi Dam Development Project.

Another object of this project is construct an irrigation scheme to support farmland and a fisheries project.

River Yala flows more than 200 km across Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley in Kenya and cover about of 3000 square kilometers. The Ministry of Regional Development Authorities has announced that they are currently sourcing consultancy services for technical assistance for feasibility studies and detailed project designs.

The ministry said today that the objective of the project was to provide a large scale multi-purpose water reservoir that would cater for public and industrial water supply, irrigation, river regulation, flood control and power production.

“Other specific objectives are tourism, inter-basin water transfers, fisheries, silt load reduction and downstream ecosystem conservation and sustainability,” the statement read in part.

The hydropower project is divided into two phases:

During the first phase a feasibility study, preliminary design and social, and environmental impact assessment shall be made. Upon successful submission of this feasibility study for review, during the second phase a detailed design of the dam and hydro power plant will be submitted together with the related tender documents.

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