Due to the recently connected 310MW Lake Turkana Wind Farm, Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter has stated that three thermal power plants with a combined capacity of 190MW would no longer be needed.
Keter was referring to Iberafrica Power Plant’s 56MW contract, set to end in October next year, Tsavo Power’s (74MW) ending in September 2021, and Kipevu Diesel’s (60MW) contract which will run up until July 2023.
According to the Daily Nation, Keter said: “Total cost of terminating the three thermal stations is Sh9 billion ($88 million). Power system and energy balance analysis results demonstrated that technically they can safely be decommissioned without negative impacts to the quality and security of supply of electricity.”
Kenya runs 23 diesel power plants that account for 25% or 700MW of the total installed capacity of 2,800MW. The use of thermal power has been blamed for Kenya’s expensive electricity relative to countries like Egypt.
Source: ESI Africa