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Toshiba ESS to support Olkaria I geothermal power plant renovation in Kenya

The equipment will be shipped to the site by December 2025.

Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) has agreed to supply SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd. with steam turbines and generators for the geothermal power plant equipment renovation of Units 1 through 3 at the 45MW Olkaria I geothermal power plant in Kenya

In commercial operation since 1981, Olkaria I is the oldest geothermal power plant in Kenya and is run by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen). Due to it long service life, Units 1 through 3 now require renovation and Toshiba ESS’ solutions were selected for this task.

Kenya’s geothermal potential

The installation of the new steam turbines and generators will allow the units to achieve higher outputs with less steam, as each of them will increase considerably from 15MW to 21MW each. This will make a huge difference in meeting Kenya's growing demand for power. The development aligns with the Kenya Government's Vision 2030, which aims to boost the country's electricity generating capacity from renewable sources. Many new geothermal power plants are planned to tap into the 9GW geothermal potential in Kenya's Great Rift Valley region.

Shinya Fujitsuka, director and vice president of the Power Systems Division at Toshiba ESS, remarked, "I'm pleased that we can contribute to energy stability in Kenya by providing our equipment and services. Toshiba ESS will continue to provide optimal products and solutions to meet customer needs through its lineup of small to large geothermal steam turbines and generators with power outputs ranging from 1MW to 200MW.

“Aiming for the further clean energy indispensable for the realization of a sustainable society, we will contribute to the realization of a carbon neutral society by providing geothermal power plant services both in Japan and overseas."

The equipment will be shipped to the site by December 2025.

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