Kenya Electricity Generating Co. Ltd. (KenGen) has awarded a contract to Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation to upgrade the 144-MW Kiambere hydroelectric project on Kenya’s Tana River.
Voith Siemens is to supply two vertical Francis turbines of from 72 to 84 MW each, new excitation systems, and digital governors. It also is to improve the generator air-cooling system and to eliminate cavitation problems.
Commissioning of the upgraded plant is scheduled for June 2008.
Kiambere is one of five plants on the Tana River known as the Seven Forks hydro stations. Others are 40-MW Masinga, 94.2-MW Kamburu, 225-MW Gitaru, and 44-MW Kindaruma.
Earlier this year, KenGen awarded a contact to Iberdrola Ingenieria y Construccion S.A.U. (Iberinco) to supply a plant control system for the five plants, plus 106-MW Turkwel on the Turkwel River. (HNN 6/15/06)