#POWERINGFREEDOM #GEOTHERMAL: GOVERNMENT INCREASES POWER PRODUCTION

The Government has implemented power generation and transmission projects to ensure quality and affordable electricity is made available to all sectors of the economy and households.

As at April 2017, the Government has increased power production by 696 MW from 1,765 MW in 2013 to 2,461 MW.

In the same period, the government decommissioned over 130 MW of expensive emergency diesel power, leaving a total of 2,333 MW of installed capacity.

This is a 32% increase in power generation, of which, well over half is attributed to the increase in renewable energy production.

The new power generation plants are largely from renewable energy sources; geothermal, wind power and hydro. As a result, renewable energy now accounts for over 70% of Kenya’s installed capacity compared to the world average of 24%.

The government has new renewable energy power plants under development including the 300 MW Lake Turkana Wind Power Plant, which is the single largest wind power plant in Africa, 70 MW Olkaria 1 (Unit 6) and the 140 MW Ol Karia V.

Power generation has enabled the Government to increase power connectivity to households and for industrial use across the country.

This has led to reduced cost of power production and distribution resulting in a competitive edge in the manufacturing of products as well as stable, adequate and reliable power across the country- especially during the cyclic drought periods.

This has also led to the creation of employment opportunities, increased social economic development and boosted the ease of doing business in Kenya.

Under the Jubilee government an aggressive exploration and appraisal campaign has been undertaken with an investment of over KSh. 150 Billion.

The current assessment indicates recoverable resources of up to 750 million barrels with an upside potential of 1 Billion barrels of oil.

The appraisal of existing wells has produced 70,000 barrels of oil in Turkana. Tests on Kenya’s crude oil have established that our oil contains very low sulphur content and is easy to refine which has led to increased international interest in Kenyan oil

The Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) is aimed at establishing enabling commercial, physical and logistical infrastructure that will facilitate future Full Field Development (FFD) of the petroleum resources. EOPS is an enabler and not an alternative to the FFD.

It will provide important technical oil well data as Kenya transitions from exploration and appraisal into Full Field Development and production.

The Project entails the continued appraisal of existing wells, the repair and upgrade to bitumen standards of roads in Turkana and adjoining Counties, transportation of crude oil by road to Mombasa and final shipment to the market.

EOPS will create employment and local businesses opportunities, increase supply of local content and assist in building capability and knowhow by Kenyans in this new sector (100 Kenyans trained internationally).

KSh. 24.5 Billion has already been utilised for local content provision and KSh. 3.1 Billion for the road development.