Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is seeking for a consultant to study the viability of constructing a new power station along Tana River.
Supply chain manager, Patrick Kimemia, said KenGen has floated a tender to select through competitive bidding, a consultant to study the feasibility of building Karura hydro power plant on river Tana. “KenGen invites proposals from interested consultants to carry out a feasibility study on Karura hydro power scheme to establish technical, financial, economic, social and environmental viability,” he said.
He said in a notice published in Thursday's Nation the firm has installed a capacity of 1,005 megawatts (MW) and intends to raise hydro generation in line with continued economic growth. KenGen plans to increase its generation capacity with an addition of 500 megawatts over the next five years to meet raising power demand currently estimated at eight per cent.
Mr Kimemia said KenGen produces about 80 per cent of the electricity sold in the country and proposed that Karura hydro power project site be located 15 kilometres downstream of the existing 40 MW Kindaruma dam. To get a hard copy of the tender documents will require a fee of Sh3,000 that is non-refundable.
Consultants who download from the website www.kengen.co.ke will be required to pay Sh200. The consultants are required to submit duly filled tender documents before 2.30pm on July 20, 2009 to be publicly opened in the presence of bidder’s or authorised representatives the same day.
The successful consultant will among other things be required to establish technical, financial, economic, environmental and social viability of the project and prepare a feasibility study report.