Kenya plans to generate electricity from LNG as an alternative to oil by 2030

  • 28 October, 2021
  • 5:54 pm EEST

Kenya is on the right track to clean energy by converting heavy oil power plants to liquefied natural gas by 2030.

In this context, the state-owned Kenya Electricity Generating Company (Kengen) is planning to conduct a feasibility study to restructure thermal power plants, which represent 7% of the grid’s loads.

The company believes that the step is easy to implement, especially since some thermal plants are designed to use heavy oil and liquefied natural gas, according to what was published by the “Pamps Africa” ​​website.

Promote clean energy

Renewable Energy Minister Isaac Kiva said Kenya will stop using heavy oil by switching thermal power plants over its 2030 decades to liquefied natural gas.

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Since Kenya does not have its own natural gas resources; The study will look for the possibility of establishing a local market for natural gas for electricity generation and industrial use through import.

The country hopes to import gas from neighboring Tanzania in the future once the pipeline is completed.

Through this plan, Kenya will strengthen its position as a leader in the clean energy sector, in line with the efforts of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to provide the necessary financing for the sector.

Achieving carbon neutrality

The move is part of the East African country’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050; Currently, renewable electricity makes up about 90% of the grid.

Nairobi relies on generating electricity from renewable sources, as geothermal energy ranks second among the largest source of installed electricity generation after hydropower.

According to a September report issued by the Energy and Oil Regulatory Authority, Kenya produces more than 40% of the electricity on its national grid from underground steam, hydroelectricity produces a quarter of the electricity on the grid, while wind energy accounts for about 22%, and solar energy about 1.3%.

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The government is also working to increase production from renewable energy sources, and aims to add at least 300 megawatts of clean energy to the grid by the end of December.

Kongen plans to add more than 730 megawatts of geothermal electricity or double the electricity production from underground steam by the end of 2026.

The government is still working on increasing electricity generation and investing in the Kenyan electricity network to keep pace with the increasing demand and reduce the frequent power outages.



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