KenGen, a power generator, is seeking government clearance to generate electricity at the Eburru Hill Geothermal Plant in Naivasha.
The business, which is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange, said it will submit the application to the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (Epra) on January 29, 2021. The plant, which has a capacity of 2.44 megawatts (MW), was built by Geothermal Development Associates, a company located in the United States.
“Pursuant to the provisions of section 119 (3) of the Energy Act, 2019, will on 29th January 2021, make an application to the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (the Authority) for the Electric Power Generation Licenses for Eburru Hill Geothermal Plant (2.44MW),” KenGen said in an advertisement in local dailies.
“The grant of the licence will not have any adverse effect on public or local authorities, companies, persons or bodies of persons within the areas of the undertaking.”
According to the notice, “any public or local authority, individual, or body of persons desirous of making any representation on or objection to the application” must do so in writing to Epra.
This comes as the power producer aims to enhance the capacity of cheaper geothermal electricity to the national grid to 682MW over the next four years. The geothermal expansion plan will result in the achievement of the planned installed power production capacity.