Business / Markets
Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 15:20 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Kenya has won several Energy awards at the ongoing 39th World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) being held in Washington DC. The congress runs from 21-23 September in the U.S. capital.
KenGen’s 280MW Olkaria Geothermal Power Plant bagged the Innovative Energy Project of the Year Award, while the utility’s Managing Director Eng. Albert Mugo won the Energy Manager of the Year Award in the sub-Saharan Africa category.
Other categories won by Kenyans are Energy Engineer of the Year (Muriithi Eustace Njeru – Energy Regulatory Commission), Corporate Energy Management (Sarova Hotels), Energy Professional Development (Lawrence Mang’erere), Energy Project of the Year - national (Standard Bank Global Leadership Centre for Energy Management) and Young Energy Professional of the Year (Chris Mbori - Managing Director at Eenovators Limited).
The Awards sponsored by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) recognizes individuals and companies that have demonstrated notable contributions to the energy profession on the national and international levels.
Speaking soon after receiving the award, Eng. Mugo thanked the KenGen staff for their innovative ideas that has seen the company deploy robust technology in energy generation to increase its bottom line, while saving on production costs.
The Energy Manager of the Year is among the 10 categories, and is presented to an individual for outstanding accomplishments in promoting the practices, principles of energy management and development, and for superior service to the Association
“I dedicate this award to all KenGen employees who have demonstrated resilience by quickly adapting to the changing technology in tandem with our ‘Good to Great” philosophy”, said Eng. Mugo.
The awards come at a time when KenGen, which has more than 70 percent market share, has lined up a number of energy generating projects for development. These include the 25MW early generation geothermal wellhead project which is expected to be complete by end of the year, bringing the total capacity on wellhead generation to 75MW.
Others are Olkaria 1 Unit 6 (70MW) and upgrade of Olkaria 1 Units 1, 2 and 3 to 50.7MW by 2017. The 140MW Olkaria V and Meru Wind phase 1 (80MW) are expected to come on stream in 2018. The Company also plans to commission an additional installed capacity of over 720MW mainly from affordable, clean and environmental friendly sources.
WEEC is the largest energy conference and technology expo held annually, specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users. It brings together the top experts in all areas of the field to help them set a clear, optimum path to energy efficiency, facility optimization and sustainability.
WEEC 2016, presented by the Association of Energy Engineers, is designed specifically to facilitate those seeking to expand their knowledge of fast-moving developments in the energy field, explore promising new technologies, compare energy supply options, and learn about innovative and cost-conscious project implementation strategies.