Kenya Electricity Generating Company

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Kenya Electricity Generating Company - KenGen
Type Ltd.
Industry Electric power
Predecessors Kenya Power Company
Founded October 2, 1998 (1998-10-02)
Headquarters Nairobi, Kenya
Area served Kenya
Key people
Revenue US$ 200 million (2007)
Employees 1,600 (2007)
Parent State owned
Not to be confused with the associated Kenya Power and Lighting Company.

Kenya Electricity Generating Company or simply KenGen is a state-owned company, the largest power producing company in Kenya producing about 80% of the electricity consumed in the country.

The company relies on various sources to generate electricity ranging from hydro, geothermal, thermal and wind. Hydro is the leading source, with an installed capacity of 766.88MW, which is 64.9 per cent of the company’s installed capacity.

The company owns fourteen (14) hydropower stations[1] with a combined capacity of 615.3 MW, three thermal power plants[2] of 147 MW, two geothermal power plants[3] of 115 MW and one wind farm[4] of 5.1 MW resulting a total installed capacity of 882.4 MW for KenGen.

The company was founded in 1998 when it was separated from the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC). The KenGen shares are also listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange since 2006.

With the high costs of production, operation, and maintenance of hydro power plants, KenGen made a deliberate move to shift focus to expansion of Geothermal energy production. This is also inline with the Vision 2030 and Governments plan of increasing production capacity by over 5,000mW by the year 2017 and at the same time bring down cost of power for both domestic and industrial use.

Olkaria area in Naivasha is the most prospective area in Geothermal development according to a geological and geophysical surveys conducted by the United nations Development Program (UNDP). Presently KenGen owns four geothermal power stations, namely: Olkaria I and Olkaria II, Olkaria II unit IV and V, and Olkaria IV.

The power stations are within the great Rift Valley adjacent to the famous Hell’s Gate National Park, and also bordering Lake Naivasha.

KenGen runs a number of programs aimed at promoting and conserving the national park the most prominent one being the annual Wheal burrow race.

Corporate Vision[edit]

To be the market leader in the provision of Reliable, Safe, Quality and Competitively priced electric energy in the Eastern Africa region.

Corporate Mission[edit]

To efficiently generate competitively priced electric energy using state of the art technology, skilled and motivated human resource to ensure financial success. We shall achieve market leadership by undertaking least cost, environmentally friendly, capacity expansion. Consistent with our corporate culture, our core values will be adhered to in all our operations.

Core Values[edit]

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Team Spirit
  • Safety Culture

List of KenGen Power stations[edit]


  • Kipevu Gas Turbine
  • Kipevu Diesel Plant
  • Nairobi South Gas Turbine




  • Ngong Wind Power Plant

See also[edit]


  1. ^ KenGen hydropower stations
  2. ^ KenGen thermal power stations
  3. ^ KenGen geothermal power stations
  4. ^ KenGen wind farm