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Africa: Kenya 'Becoming Economic Heartbeat of Continent'

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    Mwembetayari JF-Expert Member

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    Nairobi - When Kenya's newly announced geothermal power generation project comes online, it will turn the East African country into an economic powerhouse in the region.

    In April, the government launched the Menengai Geothermal Development Project, the first initiative of its newly formed Geothermal Development Company, which has been set up to fast track the development of geothermal resources here.

    According to its chief executive officer, Dr. Silas Simiyu, by 2016 the first phase will generate 400 MW, which is enough to light up 500,000 households and run 300,000 small businesses.

    "It is situated 180 kilometres northwest of Nairobi, and will have a capacity to produce 1,600 MW of electricity by the time we implement all three phases in 2030," said Simiyu.


    According to Nashon Adero, a policy and economic analyst at the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis, the first phase of the project will have a significant impact on the country as it moves towards industrialisation.

    "At the moment, the country consumes 1,600 MW," Adero said. "Four hundred MW is therefore an additional 25 percent. And given that the country has embarked on other ambitious projects of green power generation, such as the Lake Turkana Wind Power project, which will generate an additional 300 MW, Kenya will become an economic giant within the region."

    Construction on the Lake Turkana Wind Power project will begin in June, and when completed it will be sub-Saharan Africa's largest wind farm.

    Generally, Kenya is perceived as eastern and central Africa's financial, communication and transportation hub, with the country's GDP increasing by four to five percent in the last 10 years.

    "Kenya's GDP is currently the largest in the (East African) region given its strong agricultural industry, particularly in tea and coffee production, and floriculture," said Ezekiel Esipisu, Habitat for Humanity's regional operations manager for East Africa and the Middle East. "This, coupled with investments at the Nairobi Stock Exchange and the manufacturing industry, means that the country is one of the leading economies in Africa."

    Esipisu told IPS that the country's investment in power production would propel economic development further.

    "All of Kenya's neighbours have power deficits. The roadmap towards further power production will definitely boost development. We will see Kenya move closer to industrialisation, and it will become a real economic giant in the region."

    About 60 percent of Kenya's power is hydroelectric, which is generated when falling water from a dam is used to drive turbines. However, the supply is unsteady, as Kenya has been subjected to perennial drought and erratic rainfall. And the power cuts have hampered the country's growth.

    From July to August 2011, the government was forced to implement power rationing after the water levels in the country's major dams dropped. At the time Kenya was generating about 1,200 MW of power, while demand increased at an average rate of eight percent a year, according to the Ministry of Energy.

    The 2011 power cuts reportedly cost the country over 96 million dollars. However, the worst period of power rationing was between 1999 and 2001, which resulted in an estimated loss of four percent of Kenya's GDP - about 400 million dollars.

    "Hydroelectric power generation is solely dependent on climatic conditions," said John Omenge, the chief geologist at Kenya's Ministry of Energy. "During a drought, for example, the water levels will definitely drop, reducing the amount of power generated.

    "Geothermal power generation is therefore the answer. It is one of the most reliable methods of producing electric energy, because such sources are not affected by environmental calamities such as drought," he said.

    In volcanically active places like the Rift Valley region, water is pumped down an injection well, and then filtered through the cracks in the hot volcanic rocks. The resultant pressurised steam that is formed is used to drive turbines.

    Kenya is the first African country to diversify into geothermal power. The country is already generating 209 MW of electricity from the Olkaria Geothermal Projects, which are located in the Rift Valley and are operated by the Kenya Power Generating Company.

    And the Menengai Geothermal Development Project is just a small part of the country's "Vision 2030", a development blueprint that aims to transform Kenya into an industrialised and middle-income country by 2030 by generating 5,000 MW of electricity from geothermal resources at various sites across the country.

    "Power supply is key to any form of development," said Gabriel Negatu, the director of the East Africa Resource Centre at the African Development Bank. The bank is providing funding for the first phase of the Menengai Geothermal Development Project.

    "This project is therefore crucial for a country like Kenya because it is becoming the economic heartbeat of the continent. It is due to such high prospects that the regional office for the African Development Bank is now based in Nairobi. Many other organisations are following suit, making the city a regional economic hub," he said.

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    arrogance! title na contents haviendani
     
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    Very telling of your comprehension level. lol
     
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    What is the source. When you post an article please also post a link to the source.
     
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    umesema inakuwa economic heartbeat of the continent lakini ndani umeelezea east and central africa, kingereza mnajua ila uwezo wenu wakufikiri ni mdogo sijapata ona
     
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    [FONT=&amp] The author of this article had done a mistake and has since edited accordingly; see the corrected article. Hope no more heat will be generated! [/FONT]



    [FONT=&amp]Africa: [/FONT][FONT=&amp]Tanzania[/FONT][FONT=&amp] 'Becoming Economic Heartbeat of Continent' [/FONT]

    [FONT=&amp]Dar es Salaam[/FONT][FONT=&amp] — When Tanzanian's newly announced geothermal power generation project comes online, it will turn the East African country into an economic powerhouse in the region.

    In April, the government launched the Kilimanjaro Geothermal Development Project, the first initiative of its newly formed Geothermal Development Company, which has been set up to fast track the development of geothermal resources here.

    According to its chief executive officer, Dr. Red Giant, by 2016 the first phase will generate 400 MW, which is enough to light up 500,000 households and run 300,000 small businesses.

    "It is situated 18 kilometres northwest of Arusha, and will have a capacity to produce 1,600 MW of electricity by the time we implement all three phases in 2030," said Alpha.


    According to Wacha, a policy and economic analyst at the Tanzania Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis, the first phase of the project will have a significant impact on the country as it moves towards industrialisation.

    "At the moment, the country consumes 600 MW," Wacha said. "Four hundred MW is therefore an additional 60 percent. And given that the country has embarked on other ambitious projects of green power generation, such as the Lake Tanganyika Wind Power project, which will generate an additional 300 MW, Tanzania will become an economic giant within the region."

    Construction on the Lake Tanganyika Wind Power project will begin in June, and when completed it will be sub-Saharan Africa's largest wind farm.

    Generally, Tanzania is perceived as eastern and central Africa's financial, communication and transportation hub, with the country's GDP increasing by four to five percent in the last 10 years.

    "Tanzanian's GDP is currently the largest in the (East African) region given its strong agricultural industry, particularly in tea and coffee production, and floriculture," said Eliakeem, Habitat for Humanity's regional operations manager for East Africa and the Middle East. "This, coupled with investments at the Tanzanian Stock Exchange and the manufacturing industry, means that the country is one of the leading economies in Africa."

    Esipisu told IPS that the country's investment in power production would propel economic development further.

    "All of Tanzanian's neighbors have power deficits. The roadmap towards further power production will definitely boost development. We will see Tanzania move closer to industrialization, and it will become a real economic giant in the region."………….


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    hahaha, matsuo I love your rendition of the report. Very convincing.
     
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    hahaha sarcasm at it's best!
     
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    gold gold
     
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    I think Kenya is doing well in using their few resources to create tangible benefits! I recall that Kenya is a hub for most multinational company in East Africa. With reliable power source, prospect of oil, political peace brought by new constitution, growing number of production industry, etc.....they will further their dominance in the region!
     
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    That part:lie:
     
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    ndio maana huwa mnapigana! watu wakileta hoja mnajibu majigambo na kejeli.
     
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    Crappiest nonsense i have ever come accross!!
    Try again !!

    Such a poor article!
     
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    haha relax! Kenya hoyeee!
     
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    Mwembetayari JF-Expert Member

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    Very rich coming from you!
     
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    When Tanzanians launch the Stiggler's gorge, it will generate 2,000MW at a very low cost of only 2.5Bn dollar. It will take only 5 years to complete this mammoth project, only CCM being in power is the cause of the delay. You arrogant Kenyans with ur Know-it-All attitude, are taking advantages of poor vision of ccm leaders to dominate the region. From 2015 the giant Tanzania unfold
     
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    we hata kwenye mambo yasiyochekesha una jichekesha mara ha ha ha mara lol ndio maana unashindwa kugrasp point zilizoandikwa
     
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    Brother you are a genius!

    So, Kenya is taking advantage of the poor vision of CCM to develop their own country and then dominate the region, in turn the Tanzanians who vote in CCM suffer at the hands of all the Kenyans who take the initiative to develop their own country while the Tanzanians who voted for CCM sit on their hands as Kenyans take advantage of CCM poor vision?

    WOW!

    You are this generations's Einstein!
     
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    seriously ni hoja huna ama your response to humor weaned out? Sijui unajaribu kusema nini haswa. Fafanua
     
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    Mkuu, kwanza title yake niliona kichekesho sana - nikajuhiliza hivi hawa wenzetu wanajua kinacho endelea kwa majirani zao au wanafanya makosa kama yaliyo wahi kufanyika huko Amerika kwa muda mrefu, oh yes Wamerikani walikuwa na majivuno sana wanafikili dunia ni Amerika, wanakuja kushtuka wanakuta Uchina imekaribia kuwapiku kiuchumi, na actually Wachina wamewahi kuwapa Wamerikani msaada wa fedha mabenki yao yalipo yumba kiuchumi, sikusikia Wamerikani wanazungumzia tena mambo ya evil of COMMUNISM wako kimya! Wamerikani wakajikuta wanakumbuka kujifunika kshuka asubuhi! Ni vizuri Kenya kuzungumzia Vision 2030 ya nchi yao; lakini wasije wakabweteka wakafikili wenzao wamelala na kutoa impression as if nchi nyingine East Africa hazina vision yoyote.

    Nilikuwa curious kujua ni nani ka andika makala hii - nakakuta jina la ISAIAH ESIPISU, mimi sijuhi huyu ni raia wa nchi gani unless makala yenyewe ilikuwa inakusudiwa kusomwa na Raia wa huko Kenya, lakini at least angefanya ka-utafiti kidogo kujua nchi nyingine katika Africa Mashariki wanafanya nini.

    Hivi Kenya kuzalisha umeme wa 1.6GW kutokana na maporomoko ya maji (Hydro), 400MW kutokana na geothermal na 300MW kutokana na upepo, tukijumlisha vyanzo vyote hivyo Kenya iweza kuzalisha umeme wa capacity ya kufikia 2.3GW basi; hivi kweli capacity ya namna hiyo ndiyo inaweza kubadilisha Kenya kuwa "an economic powerhouse in the region."? Wakati Tanzania ina uwezo wa ku-generate umeme wa capacity close to a TERA WATTS.

    Namshauri aliye andika makala hii kuhusu Kenya, ajaribu kufanya ka-utafiti kidogo kuhusu Tanzania na Projects za kuzalisha UMEME, kwanza anaweza kuanzia Steglier Gorge Hydro Project akimalizika itakuwa unazalisha umeme wa GW ngapi, pili Projects za kuzalisha umeme kwa kutumia upepo kule Makambako na Singida, Umeme unaotokana na Gas turbines - kumbuka Tanzania inaongoza kwa kuwa na natural gas nyingi sana na mitambo hii itakuwa nyingi sana, umeme wa kutokana na geothermal hatujauwekea maanani, lakini vyanzo vya nishati hiyo vipo vingi tu Tanzania, tukijumlisha Genarating capacity ya vyanzo vyote hivyo, Kenya doesn't even come a distant SECOND, kwa hiyo mambo mengine muache kuwa mnaweka CHUMVI mno.
     
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