Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Kenya with No Water (ergo No Electricity)
Kenya is suffering a prolongued drought and its hydroelectrical projects are (not) running dry. Its cause may or may not be climate change, but the land has lost its vegetative cover which stored water and released it gradually. Without it the rainfall runs off fast. Rivers flow almost empty most of the year.
While waiting for rain, they have contracted KenGen to supply the juice by temporary diesel generators at an exhorbitant expense. KenGen plans to add another 120 MW of diesel-thermal to the grid by 2012. Diesel generation could cost $780 million a year.