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Kenyan LNG plant imminent

30th April 2012

Two new gas projects are underway in Kenya’s capital city as part of the country’s drive to improve energy security in the region

Kenya plans to build a 500MW natural gas-fired power plant in Mombasa to boost the country’s supply.

Also in the pipeline is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal for raw materials to be set up at the Mombasa port.

The two projects could be undertaken simultaneously upon the completion of an environmental impact assessment by Nairobi based Kurrent Technologies Ltd, alongside UK based venture partner Mott MacDonald.

Kurrent’s chief operating officer, Sanjay Gandhi, said the EIA report and preliminary design of the power plant and import facility will be completed in about seven months following approval from the Ministry of Energy.

He added that the import facility, the first of its kind in East Africa, will contribute to the region’s energy security.

The use of natural gas is part of Kenya’s efforts to sustain an annual growth rate of 10 per cent for 19 years, in order to become a middle-income country by 2030.