Nairobi Metropolitan Services is set to embark on the construction of a waste-to-energy plant at the Dandora landfill.
The facility will be built in partnership with the Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) which has already invited interested consultants to submit bids for carrying out feasibility studies at the project site.
In the agreement, KenGen will finance, develop and operate the power plant to supply the Kenyan electricity grid while Nairobi County will supply the required land.
On August 25, 2020, KenGen signed an agreement with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) to launch the project.
Stephen Nzioka, the Environment, Water and Sanitation Manager of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) said the capacity of the power plant and its total cost will be determined after the feasibility study and ongoing discussions with KenGen.
KenGen says the facility will enable it to diversify its services within East African while City Hall aims to generate additional income through the facility.
Nairobi produces about 3,000 tons of solid waste per day and will join Durban and Addis Ababa among the African cities with waste-to-energy facilities.
Plans to construct the facility at the Dandora waste site have been in play since 2013 when Nairobi County Government signed an agreement with the Sustainable Energy Management Company (SEMC) and ISO International Development & Consulting GmbH (ISO) for the development of the project.
The project details outlined a 70MW waste-to-energy power plant on 5ha of land including the construction of a substation, storage tanks, processing units, access roads and related infrastructure, and the installation of generators and equipment and the laying of transmission lines.
In 2019, Nairobi County government announced plans to begin construction of the plant in June of the same year. However, the plan did not materialize.
Last year, the government of Kenya also gazetted the Impact assessment for another 10MW waste-to-energy plant to be built in Nairobi’s Kibera slums. The project is to be undertaken by Asticom Kenya, with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Asticom already received USD 995,000 funding from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), a multi-donor trust fund managed by African Development Bank.
Waste management is becoming an increasing environmental and city planning concern for cities in developing nations which have not developed technical capacity to deal with such problems.