Olkaria I Geothermal Power Station

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Olkaria I Geothermal Power Station
Olkaria I Geothermal Power Station is located in Kenya
Olkaria I Geothermal Power Station
Map of Kenya showing the location of Olkaria I Geothermal Power Station
Location Olkaria, Nakuru County, Kenya
Coordinates 0°53′36″S 36°18′30″E / 0.89333°S 36.30833°E / -0.89333; 36.30833Coordinates: 0°53′36″S 36°18′30″E / 0.89333°S 36.30833°E / -0.89333; 36.30833
Status Operational
Commission date 1981
Owner(s) Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN)
Power generation
Primary fuel geothermal power
Units operational 3 (15MW@)
Nameplate capacity 45 MW

The Olkaria I Geothermal Power Station, also known as Olkaria I Geothermal Power Plant is a geothermal power station in Kenya, with an installed capacity of 45 MW.[1]


The facility is located in the Hell's Gate National Park along with its sister stations, Olkaria II and Olkaria III. This location lies in Olkaria, in Nakuru County, on the eastern edge of the Eastern Rift Valley, approximately 33 kilometres (21 mi), by road, southwest of Naivasha, the nearest large town.[2] Olkaria lies approximately 120 kilometres (75 mi), by road, northwest of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya and the largest city in that country.[3] The coordinates of Olkaria I Geothermal Power Station are:0°53'36.0"S, 36°18'30.0"E (Latitude:0.893330; Longitude:36.308334).


The Olkaria I Power Station first started operation in 1981 running one Mitsubishi turbine with a generation capacity of 15MW. In 1982 and 1985, two more turbines identical to the first were commissioned at the facility, bringing the total generation capacity to 45MW.[4]


Olkaria I Power Station is owned by Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN), a parastatal company, 100% owned by the Government of Kenya.

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