KenGen Scores Double Win at the East African Power Industry Awards in Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya, August 30, 2015 --( The Kenya Electricity Generating Company or KenGen scored a double win at the inaugural East African Power Industry Awards in Nairobi on Thursday evening when the utility won the Outstanding Clean Power Award and also took top place in the Excellence in Power Generation category.

Other popular winners were Dr Albert Butare, former Energy Minister of Rwanda who won the Lifetime Achievement Award for East Africa, as well as H.E. Dr Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim from Ethiopia who is the African Union’s Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy who won the Outstanding Woman in Power, Regional Award East Africa.

The awards honour the outstanding power professionals and projects in the East African region and the sold-out gala dinner took place during the East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) that has gathered more than 1200 energy professionals in the Kenyan capital this week. Prominent Kenyan actor and media personality Chris Okinda was the master of ceremonies.

The complete list of winners and finalists in the East African Power Industry Awards:

Lifetime Achievement Award - Regional Award, East Africa
Winner: Dr. Albert Butare, Founder and CEO, Africa Energy Services Group Ltd, Rwanda

Dr Albert Butare, a former Minister of State for Infrastructure in the Republic of Rwanda, has over twenty years of energy, water, and communication experience in Africa. Skilled in high level public sector policy and project development and implementation, engineering, social and economic development, his education background includes a PhD in energy policy formulation, tools and instruments for effective implementation.

Post his Ministerial engagement, Dr Butare has been assisting a number of countries and Institutions including the World Bank, European Union Commission, African Development Bank, UN Economic Commission for Africa, as well as a number of private companies and organizations on energy and infrastructure related aspects.

Outstanding Clean Power Project
Winner: Olkaria Expansion Project, KenGen, Kenya

Kenya Electricity Generating Company is the East African nation’s biggest power producer. KenGen has the ability to produce 1,252 megawatts, or 75 percent of the countries installed capacity. It plans to add a further 844 megawatts to the national grid by 2017. In December 2014 the Olkaria 280MW came online which comprises the 140MW Olkaria 1V and the Olkaria 1 units 4 and 5 each with a capacity of 70MW. This will help the country save Sh2.2 billion a month by displacing the expensive thermal electricity generators that use costly fossil fuels in favour of the cheaper electricity from geothermal.

What the judges said:
- “The final piece in one of the largest geothermal power projects in the world. Making Kenya a world leader in Geothermal energy and significantly contributing to bringing down the cost of power in Kenya by directly offsetting thermal based generation.”
- “An excellent project.”

Excellence in Power Transmission or Distribution
Winner: Umeme, Uganda

Umeme plans to invest as much as $100 million in upgrading its network this year. Planned funding this year is part of the $440 million the company is spending between 2013 and 2018 overhauling old equipment, buying new technology and adding distribution points, Last year, the company spent 269 billion shillings ($90.5 million).

What the judges said:
“Excellent details on past performance and how they intend to grow”.

CSR Initiative of the Year
Winner: I-Afrika School biogas plant, Airtel, Kenya

In October 2014 Airtel Kenya commissioned the I-Afrika biogas plant which will help the school produce enough biogas that it needs for cooking and boiling water, hence saving it thousands of shillings. The small-scale biogas plant consists of a digester, in which bacteria convert animal dung into methane gas through the process of anaerobic digestion.

What the judges said:
“The project has had a positive impact on the school it has targeted. It definitely is for the social good, is eco-friendly and required a charitable contribution from the company.”

Power Transaction of the Year
Winner: Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, Jumeme Rural Power Supply Ltd, Tanzania

Excellence in Power Generation
Winner: KenGen, Kenya

Outstanding Woman in Power - Regional Award, East Africa
Winner: H.E. Dr. Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union, Ethiopia

Kenya Power, the country’s leading power transmission and distribution company, was the headline gold sponsor for the inaugural East African Power Industry Awards. Other award sponsors were Aurecon, Rentworks and Genesis Electricity Limited.

The 17th edition of EAPIC gathered some 1200 visitors this year, including from the region’s leading power utilities, large industries and investors as well as technology and service providers who showcased their products on the exhibition floor.
Annemarie Roodbol
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