OLA Energy Kenya urges Government to review taxes on lubricants

OLA Energy, Global Chief Executive Officer, Mazin Binramadan   Oil marketer OLA Energy Kenya (formerly OiLibya) is calling on the Government to lower the cost of doing lubricant business in Kenya.  OLA Energy which runs an ISO Certified Lubricant blending plant in Mombasa says that raw materials for the manufacture of lubricants – base oils and additives are charged an import duty of 10% while in other African markets the materials are duty free. The only levies charged are on the finished product when sold in local markets or exported.…

Marketplace Africa explores Kenya’s Geothermal Power Industry

This week on Marketplace Africa, CNN International discovers how a key partnership between Kenya and Japan has led to Kenya becoming one of the top ten producers of geothermal power in the world. Nearly 50% of the total energy powering Kenya’s national electric grid is produced at the Olkaria Geothermal Field power plant. This facility is run by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen). CNN meets Peter Ouma, the Geothermal Development Director for KenGen, who tells the programme about the power source, “Geothermal energy is thermal energy generated and stored…

Tatu City and Equator Energy deliver first solar power plant

Tatu City has installed its first solar power plant in partnership with Equator Energy, to generate renewable energy for the city. The installation comprises of 2,880 solar modules that have been mounted on 5,700 square meters of roof space at Dormans Coffee’s global headquarters at Tatu Industrial Park. The plant is expected to produce 1.4 million kilowatt-hours per year, the same amount of energy consumed by 8,500 people. The installation is in line with Tatu City’s long-term commitment to environmental conservation through harnessing renewable energy sources. The solar power plant…

Innovative Kenyan entrepreneurs to battle out for 5 million

Total Kenya has announced that entries for the second edition of Startupper of the Year Challenge will include 55 countries up from the previous 34. The competition that that seeks to promote creative ideas and entrepreneurship among young citizens will see 3 winners from each country get an opportunity to make their dream a reality. The 2018/19 Total Startupper Challenge is building on a successful first edition held in 2015/16 that attracted over 800 applicants from 34 countries, 40 of them from Kenya. READ ALSO: Importance of innovation and digitization in…

NEW Power FORMULATION IN SHELL FUELS

Vivo Energy Kenya has launched its new Shell fuels portfolio; Shell V-Power, Shell FuelSave Unleaded and Shell FuelSave Diesel, designed for engine efficiency. The new fuels now have DYNAFLEX technology that has been developed to help clean and protect key components in the engines, designed to work with both modern and older vehicles. Managing Director Vivo Energy Kenya Mr. Joe Muganda emphasised the drive that the organization has to constantly offer customers the very best at Shell Service stations. “We place customers at the heart of everything we do, and…

How a Kenyan coffee farmer uses cow dung to produce energy

Zeddy Rotich, a coffee farmer from Kericho County, explains to CNN how she uses cow dung to power her biogas stove. “Initially we are faced with so many challenges, struggling and getting firewood. And especially during the rainy season, wood fuel does not burn up, does not produce energy for cooking. With these many challenges of collecting firewood, we decided to come together as a group, that is a group of three hundred women. We wanted to construct some biogas units, at least ten every year for the women.” On…

Kenya Power changes leadership

Jared Omondi Otieno has been appointed the new acting Kenya Power Chief Executive Officer taking over from Ken Tarus who stays suspended pending the determination of the ongoing court case against top managers of the utility company. Othieno’s appointment is among 12 others announced on Monday by Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter. Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter announced a new team that will replace suspended Kenya Power top managers on an interim basis. Also appointed in acting capacities are: Thagichu Kiiru –General Manager Business Strategy Imelda Bore – General Manager…

Kenya Power losses 500 M on vandalism, illegal connections says Tarus

By Jacktone Lawi Kenya Power is now seeking harsher penalties for people involved in vandalism of transformers. The electricity distributor pointed out that is losing hundreds of millions in revenue from vandalism of its transformers, meter tempering and power theft through illegal connection and called for stiffer actions to deal with perpetrators of such crimes. According to the Company’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ken Tarus the firm losses about half a billion from to these vices. “We are losing KShs 500 million in revenue to vandalism and…