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Kenya’s Gulf Energy has entered into a Clean Coal Technology agreement with General Electric (GE) for the Lamu Coal Power Plant through Amu Power, a special purpose company that will own and operate the 1050 MW coal fired power plant in Lamu County, Kenya. The agreement will see the plant use GE’s Ultra-Supercritical Clean Coal Technology, as well as allow GE to acquire an equity stake in Amu Power through its affiliates, subject to obtaining regulatory, board and lenders’ approval.

GE to supply Ultra Super Critical technology in KenyaGE Power will design, manufacture and deliver the Ultra Super-Critical clean coal technology components, which include the boiler and steam turbine generator, as well as the air quality control systems for the Lamu Coal Power Plant. GE’s Ultra Super-Critical technology has reached 47.5% efficiency in the world’s most efficient coal power plant in Germany, and is currently in operation in other new generation steam plants like the Manjung 4 in Malaysia as well as future plants like the Hassyan in Dubai.

“Kenya’s energy demands are growing as the government seeks to implement its critical ‘Big Four’ agenda. GE Ultra Super-Critical Coal Power technology will deliver cleaner, affordable, reliable and efficient solutions as well as critical power to help meet the country’s growing needs,” says George Njenga, Commercial Leader, GE Steam Power, sub-Saharan Africa.

“GE’s Ultra-Supercritical technology will guarantee a clean environment through the elimination of emissions, and lower the overall cost of power generation in the country. On completion, the Lamu Coal Fired Power Plant will be the single largest Independent Power Producer (IPP) in the region and will account for up to 30% of power generation capacity in Kenya.”

Connections to the national grid in Kenya grew to 6.2 million in 2017, up from one million in 2010, and as the country transitions into a middle-income economy by 2030, supply of adequate, reliable and affordable energy is vital. The Lamu project aims to address electricity affordability and reliability challenges, and will provide base-load capacity at the lowest non-subsidised tariff in the country. It will also have the flexibility to profile generation according to daily demand pattern, reducing generation costs by 12% - 36%.

“This is truly a historic moment for Kenya and the East African region as a whole. We are confident that this partnership will go a long way to position Kenya as an industrial hub in the continent. Kenya has been looking for ways to enhance its generation mix to provide the most efficient, least-cost and reliable power in a sustainable manner, and the technology offered by GE gives us a unique opportunity to achieve this ambition,” says Francis Njogu, Amu Power’s Managing Director.

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