The largest power producer in East and Central Africa KenGen has commenced the construction of a Research and Development Centre.
In a move to boost innovation, KenGen MD Rebecca Miano said the Research and Development Centre which is located at Tana Power Station in Murang’a will take 18 months to complete.
The construction of R&D Centre is expected to take 18 months to complete and will double as an archive for the Company.
Speaking during the foundation stone laying ceremony, KenGen managing director Rebecca Miano said the project which was five weeks ahead of its implementation plan is part of KenGen’s overall Diversification Strategy and will go a long way in helping the NSE-listed firm to identify and implement new revenue streams much faster.
“With this facility, KenGen employees now have a place to carry out trials, tests, experiments and pilot new business in the context of our diversification strategy,” Miano said.
She noted that the facility will conceive ideas that will change the company’s business and the energy sector for good.
"With this facility, KenGen employees now have a place to carry out trials, tests, experiments and pilot new business in the context of our diversification strategy," said MD & CEO, @rebecca_miano during the foundation stone laying ceremony. Read more: https://t.co/PUISYPsoLB ^EM pic.twitter.com/PWwIbCPV5n
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Miano said the company had put in place measures to ensure that the employees and contractors working on the project were safe and observing the laid-down protocols for Covid-19.
The KenGen CEO thanked the local community for continuous support over the years noting that the project had so far benefited the local community through provision of employment for skilled, and semi-skilled workforce.
The Contractor assigned to the project has so far engaged a total of 92 short term contract staff, comprising 81 male and 11 female from the local community.
As a one-of-a-kind innovation hub, the facility will provide locally sourced technological solutions for electricity generation, further augmenting KenGen’s endeavors to increase generation capacity and diversify its project portfolio.
Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) is the leading electric power generating company in East Africa.
KenGen was incorporated in 1954 under the Kenyan Companies Act as Kenya Power Company (KPC) with the mandate to generate electricity through the development, management and operation of power plants.
The shareholders of the Company later contracted East Africa Power & Lighting Company (EAP&L) to manage KPC. In 1983, EAP&L changed to Kenya Power & Lighting Company.