A new coal-fired power plant in Kenya’s Lamu country – set to produce 1 050 MW of power – will not only be the single largest independent power producer in Kenya, accounting for up to 30% of total power generation capacity in the country – but will also make use of clean coal technology.
The developer of the Lamu coal power plant, Amu Power, has entered into a clean coal technology agreement with General Electric (GE) that will see the plant use GE’s Ultra-Supercritical Clean Coal Technology.
Amu Power is the special purpose company that will own and operate the coal fired power plant in Lamu county, under the Public Private Partnership framework.
The agreement will also see GE through its affiliates acquire a stake in the equity of Amu Power, subject to obtaining regulatory, board and lenders’ approval.
Under the agreement, GE Power will design, manufacture and deliver its market-leading Ultra Super-Critical clean coal technology components (boiler and steam turbine generator) and air quality controls systems for the Lamu coal power plant.
Assuring a clean environment
In a briefing to H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House following the signing, the parties informed the President that GE’s Ultra-Supercritical technology will guarantee a clean environment through elimination of emissions, and lower the overall cost of power generation in the country.
Njogu said: “This is truly a historic moment for Kenya and the East African region as a whole. We are confident that this partnership… will go a long way to position Kenya as an industrial hub in the continent.
“Kenya has been looking for ways to enhance its generation mix to provide the most efficient, least-cost and reliable power in a sustainable manner; and the technology offered by GE gives us a unique opportunity to achieve this ambition,” he added.
The agreement was signed at the Ministry of Energy offices in Nyayo House in the presence of Hon. Charles Keter, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy; Dr Joseph Njoroge, the Principal Secretary, State Department of Energy; Jim Rigassio, the Commercial Counsellor in the US Embassy (Kenya); Pushpinder Dhillon, the Counsellor for Economic Affairs in the US Embassy (Kenya); by the MD of Amu Power Company, Francis Njogu and Jay Ireland the President and CEO, GE Africa.
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