KENYA: KenGen needs consultant for waste-to-energy conversion

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Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen), Kenya's largest electricity generator, is planning to build a waste-to-energy plant at the Dandora landfill near Nairobi, Kenya. To this end, the company is looking for a consultant to carry out feasibility studies at the project site. Interested companies have until September 15, 2020 to apply.

The project for the construction of a power plant at the Dandora landfill site is taking shape. The future waste-to-energy facility will be built by Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen), Kenya’s largest electricity producer. On August 25, 2020, KenGen signed an agreement with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) to launch the project.

Under the terms of the agreement, the NMS will make land in and around the Dandora landfill site available to KenGen in addition to solid waste. The City of Nairobi produces about 3,000 tons of solid waste per day. They are transported to the recently upgraded Dandora landfill thanks to funding of 50 million Kenyan shillings (over $492,000) from the Nairobi County Government. For its part, KenGen will finance, develop and operate the power plant to supply the Kenyan electricity grid. “The capacity of the power plant and its total cost will be determined after the feasibility study and ongoing discussions with KenGen,” said Stephen Nzioka, the Environment, Water and Sanitation Manager of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).

KenGen is seeking a consultant to determine the viability of the project site. Interested companies must apply by September 15, 2020. In addition to power generation, the establishment of a waste-to-energy plant in Dandora will enable KenGen to further diversify its services in the East African sub-region. The company currently supplies electricity generated from hydroelectric, thermal and geothermal sources.

Inès Magoum

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