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DATA ON SOME POWER STATIONS IN KENYA

KAMBURU POWER STATION

Technical Data

1. Date of commissioning – 5/7/1974


2. Installed capacity – 3 units x 31.4MW each
3. Manufacturer of Turbines – Litostroj (Yugoslavia)
4. Manufacturer of Generators – Rade Koncar (Yugoslavia)
5. Estimated cost of development – KShs.344 million (USD 47 million)
6. Transmission of power is at 132KV to Kindaruma, Gitaru and Masinga
substation and Mt. Kenya. 132KV line from the substation to 220KV
Substation then to Dandora
7. Reservoir capacity (F.S.L) – 123 million cubic metres
8. Surface area of reservoir – 60 sq. km at F.S.L [1,500 h.a]
9. Dam wall height – 56m
10. Dam wall length – 0.9km
11. Length of reservoir – 45.0 cubic metres per second
12. Catchment area – 7354 sq.km
13. Maximum generation – 467Gwh/yr
14. Type of machines – Francis turbines
15. Design head – 71m
16. Speed – 273RPM

KIAMBERE POWER STATION

Location information

200KM FROM NAIROBI, IN MBEERE DISTRICT, 100 KM FROM EMBU TOWN

History of station:

BUILT FROM 1984 TO 1988;

Technical Specifications

CURRENT CAPACITY 144MW, 2 MACHINES EACH 72 MW ;

ONGOING UPGRADING PROJECT TO END IN END OF 2008 TO INCREASE


CAPACITY BY 24MW IE 12 PER MACHINE;