U.S. firm to study Kenya Tea six-plant pilot project

Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) has awarded a feasibility study contract to Paul C. Rizzo Associates Inc. of the United States for a pilot program to standardize small hydro project development for KTDA, dubbed the world’s largest smallholder tea organization.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency approved a US$341,670 grant to KTDA to finance the Kenya Tea Development Agency Integrated Energy Management Feasibility Study.

Rizzo is to study: six mini-hydropower projects; energy audits of three tea factories; and an evaluation of one tea factory for employing biomass as boiler fuel. The total development project is estimated to cost US$17.35 million.

The study, to be completed by August 31, is to include small hydropower reconnaissance to identify for development six hydro sites in Kenya that would provide electricity to nearby KTDA tea factories. A goal is to standardize small hydro plant development to establish additional hydro plants to power more of KTDA’s total 53 tea factories. KTDA has proposed small hydropower sites on 18 rivers that could power 20 KTDA plants.

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