January 11, 2010 / 1:59 PM / 9 years ago

KenGen signs $52 mln equipment deal with Andritz

Kiambere Power Station plant in Machakos District December 8, 2006. REUTERS/Antony Njuguna

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has signed a deal with Austrian company Andritz to install a third 24 megawatt (MW) turbine and overhaul two others at its Kindaruma Dam.

“The 3.93 billion-shilling contract entails rehabilitation of the two existing turbine generator units and the installation of the third one which will boost the output of the power station from 40 MW to 72 MW,” KenGen said on Monday.

The work is expected to be done in three years and five months, KenGen said.

A 25 billion shilling bond KenGen issued last year provided part of the financing and the rest came from Germany’s Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW), the company said.

The Kindaruma Power Station is about 160 km northeast of Nairobi on the River Tana. Kindaruma is part of the Tana River Seven Forks Hydroelectric cascade and lies between the upstream Gitaru and downstream Kiambere Hydroelectric Power Stations.

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