KenGen to construct Indistrial Park in Olkaria
05 September 2014, 11:06
Naivasha - KenGen has identified five sites in the geothermal rich area of Olkaria Naivasha for the construction of an Industrial Park.
According to KenGen Managing Director, Albert Mugo, the Park would offer subsidised power to factories within the site, among other incentives.
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“We are currently working with Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) in setting up the Industrial Park,” he said.
Mugo said that a paper industry plant had already expressed interest in establishing a factory in the zone due to the presence of steam power.
“We have set aside 1 300 acres for the industrial park and apart from the paper factory, there are Chinese investors keen to start a cotton processing mill,” he said.
Mugo at the same time said that the 280mw project in Olkaria Naivasha was on schedule, with the first phase of 140mw already connected to the national grid.
He also noted that despite the failure of the long rains, the country did not suffer any power shortfalls as mitigation measures were already in place.
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“We managed to add 20mw from the wellhead generators and by the end of the year, the country will get another 140mw from Olkaria I in Naivasha,” he said.
The MD was addressing the press at Oloolongot in Naivasha when KenGen officially handed over new houses, a school and social amenities to members of the Maasai community.
He said that they used over KES 800 million in the resettlement exercise which included construction of 150 houses, churches, a primary school, health center and cattle dips for the families affected.
“The families were relocated to this area due to noise and gas emission from the power stations near their homes,” he said.
A local leader, Maenga Kisotu, welcomed the relocation saying it would give the government a chance to explore more geothermal power.
“The steam power will help the country develop and we are shall support KenGen in their endeavors,” he said.
Another leader, Stephen Manguyo, termed the resettlement as God-sent saying it had changed their lives positively.
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