Toshiba Corporation recently announced that it had secured a contract to supply four 70,000kW steam turbines and generators for the Republic of Kenya's largest ever geothermal plant project, the Olkaria I and Olkaria IV geothermal power plants. The contract is Toshiba's first for the supply of geothermal power equipment in Africa. The award of the contract to Toshiba was done by Hyundai Engineering to supply the turbines and generators for the project following a comprehensive evaluation of the company's extensive supply experience and the equipment's performance and reliability.
The plants are located in the Kenya's Rift Valley about 100 kilometers northwest of Nairobi and will have a combined output of 280,000kW, the largest of any power generation complex in Kenya. The plants are expected to deliver renewable energy with minimal emissions of CO2 and
raise the share of geothermal power in Kenya's supply mix to approximately 25%. The statement made available on Toshiba's website further says that the plants will make a significant contribution to overcoming Kenya's current electricity shortage. Olkaria I, a major extension to a current facility, is funded by a yen loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a Japanese government agency.
The commercial operation of the plants in Kenya is scheduled to commence in April 2014 by Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited.