Gulf Energy, the developer of the 1050Mw Lamu Coal Power Plant (Amu Power), has today, 16 May 2018 entered into a Clean Coal Technology agreement with General Electric (GE) that will see the plant use GE’s Ultra-Supercritical Clean Coal Technology making it one of the most technologically advanced coal fired power plants in the world.
Amu Power is the special purpose company that will own and operate the 1050 MW coal fired power plant in Lamu County, Kenya, under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework.
The agreement was signed at Nairobi, Ministry of Energy offices in Nyayo House in the presence of Charles Keter, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy (MoE), Dr Joseph Njoroge, the Principal Secretary, State Department of Energy, Jim Rigassio, the Commercial Counsellor in the US Embassy (Kenya), Pushpinder Dhillon, the Counsellor for Economic Affairs in the US Embassy (Kenya) by the Managing Director of Amu Power Company Limited, Francis Njogu and Jay Ireland the President and CEO, GE Africa.
The Agreement will also see GE through its affiliates acquire a stake in the equity of Amu Power, subject to obtaining regulatory, board and lenders’ approval.
“This is truly a historic moment for Kenya and the East African region as a whole. We are confident that this partnership forged today 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 Managing Director.
Statistics show that connections to the national grid grew to 6.2 million in 2017 up from one million in 2010. As the country transitions into a middle-income economy by 2030, supply of adequate, reliable and affordable energy is a key foundation.
“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, GE Steam Power Commercial Leader in Sub-Saharan Africa.