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Old August 25th, 2009, 07:38 AM   #1
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KERIO VALLEY | Hydro Power Plant | 70 MW | $390million | U/C

A Chinese company will partner with a regional authority to build a Sh30 billion hydro power plant in Marakwet District.

When complete, the 70 megawatt electricity project is expected to boost the country’s electricity output.

Sinohydro Corporation will work with Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) to construct the plant along Arror River in Kerio Valley.

A team of experts from the firm and senior officials from KVDA visited the site over the weekend to carry out assessments.

“Our company is consulting with the Treasury and KVDA board on the proposal of setting up the power plant,” said Chen Wuqing, deputy regional manager of Sinohydro Corporation, East Africa branch.

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He said the company has been involved in construction of hydro-electricity generation plants in Ghana, Sudan, Zambia and Ethiopia among other African countries.

“The Chinese Government enjoys good working relationship with most African countries and we hope the construction work will commence soon,” added Mr Che.

According to KVDA managing director Julius Mutuaruchiu, more than 6,000 hectares of land will also be put under irrigation.

“The project will improve power generation in the country through introduction of 70 MW to national grid. The downstream irrigation will improve food security. The income level of the local community will also rise,” he said.
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Old August 25th, 2009, 07:54 PM   #2
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A Chinese company will partner with a regional authority to build a Sh30 billion hydro power plant in Marakwet District.

When complete, the 70 megawatt electricity project is expected to boost the country’s electricity output.

Sinohydro Corporation will work with Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) to construct the plant along Arror River in Kerio Valley.

A team of experts from the firm and senior officials from KVDA visited the site over the weekend to carry out assessments.

“Our company is consulting with the Treasury and KVDA board on the proposal of setting up the power plant,” said Chen Wuqing, deputy regional manager of Sinohydro Corporation, East Africa branch.

High income

He said the company has been involved in construction of hydro-electricity generation plants in Ghana, Sudan, Zambia and Ethiopia among other African countries.

“The Chinese Government enjoys good working relationship with most African countries and we hope the construction work will commence soon,” added Mr Che.

According to KVDA managing director Julius Mutuaruchiu, more than 6,000 hectares of land will also be put under irrigation.

“The project will improve power generation in the country through introduction of 70 MW to national grid. The downstream irrigation will improve food security. The income level of the local community will also rise,” he said.
This must be the Most expensive power project ever if you consider the power output. The money is better invested in a Geothermal project.
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Old August 25th, 2009, 09:39 PM   #3
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This must be the Most expensive power project ever if you consider the power output. The money is better invested in a Geothermal project.
Emm...Can someone tell me if Arror river big enough for a dam? Or are we looking at a potential Turkwell-like project here?
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Old August 26th, 2009, 10:03 AM   #4
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Emm...Can someone tell me if Arror river big enough for a dam? Or are we looking at a potential Turkwell-like project here?
I am also afraid this is another white elephant....we should seriously consider putting up a Nuclear power station....With something like 70 billion..it will generate 1000 megawatts and solve all problems for the near future.
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nuclear is very technologically complicated, for technology amateur country like Kenya, it normallytake 8 years and more to prepare for one project due to the length of environmental assessment needed and the stringent rule from the international energy agency plus the cost of setting up which is very costly, one time shot, investors are not ready for this project. don't forget we desperately need electricity now, and the reason is the government is favouring hydro for its multiple usage like power, irrigation and provision of water for consumption.its like killing 3 birds with 1 stone its step in the right direction

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nuclear is very technologically very complicated for technology amateur country like Kenya, it take 8 years and more to prepare one due to the length of environmental assessment needed and the stringent rule from the international energy agency plus the cost of setting up which is very costly, one time shot, investors are not ready for this project. don't forget we desperately need electricity now, and the last reason is the government is using hydro for multiple use power, irrigation and provision of water for consumption. killing 1 stone with 3 birds its step in the right direction
I guess you meant killing 3 birds with 1 stone. environmental studies have been done and trust me, as long as a project is profitable, there will be investors.
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maybe not now when the world is in recession, getting investments is difficult and unfortunately its the time we needed most
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