RFP – Feasibility study for green hydrogen and fertilizers in Olkaria, Kenya

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Geothermal power plant Olkaria II (source: UNU)

KenGen has published a request for proposals for the feasibility study of manufacturing green hydrogen, ammonia and fertilizers at the Olkaria geothermal site in Kenya.

KenGen has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Green Hydrogen, Ammonia and Fertilizer Manufacturing Feasibility Study and its Pilot Plant in Olkaria, Naivasha, Kenya. Interested participants should take note of a few important dates.

Bidders will be required to attend a mandatory pre-bid conference via Zoom on August 18, 2022 starting at 10:00 a.m. EAT. Pre-registration for this meeting can be done via this link. After the meeting, there will also be a mandatory site visit on September 15, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EAT at Geothermal Plaza – Olkaria.

According to KenGen, the results of the feasibility study will be used to determine the size of the proposed manufacturing facility and its construction schedule. KenGen holds a strategic advantage in executing this plan as they will rely on the electricity they generate at the Olkaria facility. Geothermal brine from power generation can also be a source of high value products such as borate fertilizers.

This move by KenGen comes at a time when fertilizer prices have seen a 71% increase over the previous year. This spike in fertilizer prices is a global phenomenon that began during the COVID-19 pandemic and has been aggravated by the current situation in Ukraine.

It is also an opportunity for KenGen to further diversify its revenues. This is what many geothermal developers around the world are doing, mainly through applications of direct use of waste geothermal heat or development of tourist sites. KenGen has also started providing geothermal drilling services to the Tulu Moye and Aluto-Langano projects in Ethiopia.

Source: Ken Gen and Africa Business Daily

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