Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has launched the construction of a Research and Development (R&D) Centre at Tana Power Station located in Muranga County.
The development is said to be motivated by the need to bolster innovation in the power company.
KenGen adds that the construction of the facility, which will also serve as an archive of the company is expected to be completed in the next 18 months.
Besides, the facility will be one of its kind in the country, mainly because it is being constructed by a public sector entity.
“With this facility, KenGen employees now have a place to carry out trials, tests, experiments and pilot new business in the context of our diversification strategy,” said Mrs. Miano, adding that the facility will conceive ideas that will change the company’s business and the energy sector for good.
In addition, CEO Rebecca Miano adds that the project, which was five weeks ahead of its implementation plan, is part of KenGen’s overall Diversification Strategy and will go a long way in helping the NSE-listed firm to identify and implement new revenue streams much faster.
As a one-of-a-kind innovation hub, the facility will provide locally sourced technological solutions for electricity generation, further augmenting KenGen’s endeavors to increase generation capacity and diversify its project portfolio.
the company had put in place measures to ensure that the employees and contractors working on the project were safe and observing the laid-down protocols for COVID-19.
A month ago, the power production company KenGen announced it had received carbon credits from its Olkaria I, Units 4 and 5 Geothermal Power plant further solidifying the company’s lead in climate action in Africa.
Thanks to the firm’s efforts, Kenya is today Africa’s largest geothermal energy producer and among the top 10 in the world.