Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for Eldoret Emergency Power Project

Name of Client:

Kenya Electricity Generating Company Ltd


Eldoret, Kenya



Narrative Description of Project.

KenGen contracted M/s Aggreko PLC to install 100MW temporary Power plant in Embakasi, Nairobi, but intend to re-locate 40MW of this containerized plants to Eldoret which is located 320KM northwest of Nairobi in the Rift Valley Province. The project proposed site was Rivatex KPLC substation for a period of about two years. The project entailed providing 40MW of electricity to the grid-using diesel running on Automotive Gas Oil (AGO). The fuel storage tank is proposed to have a capacity of about 2,000m3 adequate for one week’s operations. The project involves power plant construction and connection to the grid through a very short 33kV line at KPLC Eldoret substation. The construction is planned to take approximately one month. The project also entailed contraction of two, 2, 000 m3 fuel tanks to be managed by Total Oil.

Services Provided by the Firm Staff.

EMC Consultants undertook Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the proposed project according to best international practice, as required by the terms of the company’s project-specific. The process to complete the ESIA through public participation and technical evaluation by specialists took about 4 weeks. Some of the potential issues that were looked into will include Public Health and safety, Air pollution, Wastes management, Noise pollution, Water resource pollution and Water abstraction.  Studies that were done included Air quality: emissions would be generated around the project area, from the genset stacks during operations and construction of the foundation.

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