Kenya rolls out plan to generate power from gas, coal

electricity_grid26 November 2013, Nairobi – The Kenyan government is rolling out its plan to generate electricity from gas and coal in the next 37 months under the ambitious Sh1.2 trillion 5,000+megawatt project.

It invited bids yesterday from consultants to oversee construction of two overhead double-circuit 400 kilovolts transmission lines to transport planned 2,800MW from proposed three plants to the national grid.

The plants include 800MW Dongo Kundu gas-powered plant in Mombasa and two 1,000MW coal plants in Lamu and Kitui. China’s Fenxi is the concessionaire for blocks C and D of Kitui’s Mui coal basin while Dongo Kundu gas and Lamu coal plants have attracted 22 companies following a ‘build operate transfer’ tender floated in October.

State-owned Kenya Electricity Transmission Company is seeking a consultant for the 570-kilometre transmission lines divided into two projects. The first project will involve a 50km line from Dongo Kundu plant to Mariakani plus line bays at both centres.

The second is a 520km line running from Lamu to Nairobi through Kitui with three substations in each of the counties subdivided into three lots of 130km from Lamu to Hola, 220km from Hola to Kitui and 170km from Kitui to Nairobi. Foreign ownership has been restricted to 70 per cent for the successful firm in a process open until January 15, next year.

“Interested consultants must demonstrate technical capability to undertake the assignment and must provide proof of having conducted assignments of similar nature and magnitude,” Ketraco said in a notice.

– The Star

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