Toshiba ESS is set to supply steam turbines and generators for the geothermal power plant equipment renovation of Units 1 through 3 at the old 45MW Olkaria I geothermal power plant in Kenya. The steam turbines and generators are expected to be shipped to the site by December 2025.

The move by KenGen is aimed at increasing Olkaria’s output from 45MW to 63MW in a move to accelerate the country’s transition to green energy.

In the tender, SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction will be the engineering, procurement, and construction contractors. Meanwhile, Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions (Toshiba ESS) will supply steam turbines and generators for the three units of the power plant.

KenGen’s Managing Director and CEO, Eng. Peter Njenga expressed his enthusiasm for the project stating, “The renovation of Olkaria I represents a historic milestone for KenGen as we continue our commitment to sustainable energy solutions. By leveraging the latest advancements in geothermal technology, we aim to not only enhance the performance of the plant but also set new standards for renewable energy production in Kenya.”

Through this renovation, KenGen aims to extend the operational lifespan of Olkaria I and establish a model for sustainable energy development. This model, if well executed, will be replicated across the region as Kenya angles to exploit the 10,000MW of geothermal potential in the Rift Valley region of Kenya.

The modernization project is scheduled for completion by December 2026 and is designed to align with Kenya’s broader energy objectives and the Vision 2030 initiative.