Location Nairobi, Kenya
Bridging Kenya’s electricity demand gap
Prolonged drought has put huge pressure on Kenya’s ability to generate hydropower. Yet the country is experiencing an economic boom and demand for electricity has hit record highs. Less power available, increased demand … it didn’t add up.
KenGen, the public utility, realised something had to be done. The reserve power margin had dropped far below the recommended minimum to cover plant outages, and they needed help if they wanted to maintain electricity supplies. The Kenyan Government floated a tender for fast delivery of temporary emergency power. We won it, and got to work.
Project fact file
Temporary power plant
Of Kenya's generating capacity
Speed of first-phase delivery
Phased delivery of 100 MW generation capacity
Drawing on vast experience in providing emergency multi-megawatt power packages, we set up a 100 MW temporary power plant at Embakasi in eastern Nairobi. The plant was fully equipped with generators, transformers, switchgear, control rooms, fuel tanks and ancillary products.
We had 44 MW up and running, delivered in phases, within nine weeks. The next 36 MW within 16 weeks. And the final 20 MW five weeks later. In total, the 100 MW plant accounted for about 10% of Kenya’s total generating capacity.
the aggreko difference
Delivering multi-megawatt power plants to the local grid, fast.
Industry growth instead of power rationing
With 100 MW, the power gap in Kenya was effectively bridged. The local grid stabilised and the country’s utility company avoided the disreputable task of rationing power. Local industries could invest in infrastructure and growth, safe in the knowledge that they’d have the power they needed to thrive – all thanks to that extra 10% per cent of power.
“The demand for electricity in Kenya continues to rise, but as a direct result of our partnership with Aggreko, we have not had to ration power.”
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