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Tuesday, 04 Jul 2017 16:14 EATcgitau@kenyafreepress.com
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has made upto Ksh1 billion in cost-saving measures in the last financial year alone owing to employee-driven innovation. KenGen MD Eng. Albert Mugo said the company has also realized increased revenue generation by implementing innovative solutions geared towards creating sustainable value for the fast evolving energy sector.
Eng. Mugo who was speaking during the start of the company’s Good to Great (G2G) Innovation Seminar in Naivasha gave the example of the well-heads programme, which ensures early electricity generation, as a homegrown innovation that has revolutionized the energy sector. The power generator currently generates 80MW under the wellheads programme.
The annual seminar, now in its fifth year, is aimed at giving employees the opportunity to showcase their innovations in energy development. It is an initiative under the company’s transformation strategy, focused on innovation and continuous improvement. “We want to encourage our employees and partners to embrace and embed innovation in the company’s operations by coming up with innovative ideas relating to new business models, new revenue generation and cost cutting measures,” he said.
Since 2012, over 500 innovation ideas have been submitted through the seminar with 98 undergoing implementation.
Other the ideas submitted and being implemented include; generating power through utilization of brine. This project is expected to provide an additional 10+ MW using waste heat currently being re-injected into the earth, in addition to the extraction of commercial minerals from the brine such as silica, lithium and other rare minerals that are used commercially in skincare products, batteries and industrial chemicals.
“The Company has also tested its capacity to manufacture geothermal drilling detergent which it currently has to buy commercially, as well as develop a water bottling facility in its Gitaru Power Station to tap flowing spring water for internal and commercial use,” said Eng. Mugo.
He said the company aims to establish a Research & Development facility that will be used to test and prototype innovative initiatives. Innovations with commercial opportunities will be located at the Olkaria Industrial Park, which is also one of the innovative ideas being implemented.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Partnerships for Innovative Energy Solutions”. Global trends point to the need for strategic partnerships to solve complex emerging challenges for organizations that intend to win big in the marketplace.
The five-day seminar is expected to bring together over 400 engineers, scientists, corporate professionals, industry stakeholders, policy makers and key decision makers.