Kindaruma Hydroelectric Power Station

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The Kindaruma Hydroelectric Power Station, also Kindaruma Dam is an embankment dam with two gravity dam sections on the Tana River in Kenya. It straddles the border of Embu and Machakos counties in Kenya. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and it supports a 72 megawatts (97,000 hp) power station. It is Kenya's first post-independence hydroelectric power plant. It was commissioned in 1968 as part of the Seven Forks Scheme. The power station is operated by Kenya Electricity Generating Company.[2]

Kindaruma Hydroelectric Power Station
Kindaruma Hydroelectric Power Station is located in Kenya
Kindaruma Hydroelectric Power Station
Location of Kindaruma Hydroelectric Power Station in Kenya
LocationEmbu County/Kitui County
Coordinates00°48′38″S 37°48′46″E / 0.81056°S 37.81278°E / -0.81056; 37.81278Coordinates: 00°48′38″S 37°48′46″E / 0.81056°S 37.81278°E / -0.81056; 37.81278
Opening date1968; 53 years ago (1968)
Owner(s)Kenya Electricity Generating Company
Dam and spillways
Type of damEmbankment
ImpoundsTana River
Height24 m (79 ft)
Length549 m (1,801 ft)
CreatesKindaruma Lake
Total capacity18,300,000 m3 (14,800 acre⋅ft)
Surface area10 km2 (3.9 sq mi)[1]
Kindaruma Hydroelectric Power Station
Coordinates00°48′38″S 37°48′46″E / 0.81056°S 37.81278°E / -0.81056; 37.81278
Operator(s)Kenya Electricity Generating Company
Commission date1968/2012
Turbines3 x 24 MW Kaplan-type
Installed capacity72 MW (97,000 hp)

Between 2007 and 2013 the power stationed underwent a rehabilitation and upgrade which increased its installed capacity from 40 MW to 72 MW.[3] In June 2012 a third Kaplan turbine-generator, rated at 24 MW, was commissioned. In January and June 2013, the original two 20 MW Kaplan turbine-generators were upgraded to 24 MW each, respectively.[4]

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  1. ^ Marie Giasson, Jean-Louis Gaudet (1989). Summary of Proceedings and Selected Papers (Issue 425 of FAO Fisheries Report Series ed.). Food & Agriculture Org. p. 39. ISBN 9251028710.
  2. ^ "Kindaruma Power Station". Kengen. Archived from the original on 12 May 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Kindaruma Hydropower Station Taking-Over Ceremony for Rehabilitated and Uprated Unit No. 1". Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015. External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Wahito, Margaret (24 June 2013). "Kindaruma upgrade enhances power supply". Capital Digital Media. Retrieved 22 February 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)