Kenya to seek natural gas from Qatar for power plant

April 23, 2014 - 12:38:59 am

NAIROBI: Kenya will negotiate the import of natural gas from Qatar Gas to fuel a power station it wants to build in the Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa, the president’s office said yesterday.

The gas-powered power plant is part of the government’s plans to add 5,000MW to Kenya’s existing 1,664MW generation capacity by 2017 to accelerate economic growth, which is expected to push Kenya’s power demand up to 15,000MW by 2030.

The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum is evaluating bids from investors interested in developing the 700-800MW natural gas-fired plant near Mombasa, as well as a 900-1,000MW coal-power plant at Lamu. The announcement was made during a visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta to Qatar.

“The President noted that Kenya Pipeline had already signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement with Qatar Gas to start negotiation for the supply of 1 million metric tonnes per annum of LNG to Kenya to power the 700-megawatt gas plant in the port city of Mombasa,” Kenyatta’s press office said in a statement.

The statement provided no further details on when the negotiations were expected to start.

The Nairobi government wants to halve the cost of electricity within three to four years from between 17 and 18 US cents per kilowatt hour, mainly by increasing supply from cheaper energy sources, phasing out diesel generation. Reuters

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