KenGen has issued a call for proposals for the feasibility study to produce green hydrogen, ammonia and fertilizer at the Olkaria geothermal site in Kenya.
KenGen has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a feasibility study on the production of green hydrogen, ammonia and fertilizers and its pilot plant in Olkaria, Naivasha, Kenya. Interested participants must note some important dates.
Bidders must attend a mandatory pre-bid conference call via Zoom on August 18, 2022 beginning at 10am EAT. You can register for this meeting via this link. The meeting will also be followed by a mandatory site visit on September 15, 2022 at 10:00 am EAT at Geothermal Plaza – Olkaria.
According to KenGen, the results of the feasibility study will be used to determine the size of the proposed production facility and the timeline for construction. KenGen has a strategic advantage in implementing this plan as they will rely on the energy they produce at the Olkaria facility. The geothermal brine from power generation can also be a source of high value products such as borate fertilizer.
This initiative from KenGen comes at a time when fertilizer prices are up 71% year-on-year. This increase in fertilizer prices is a global phenomenon that started during the COVID-19 pandemic and has been exacerbated by the current situation in Ukraine.
This is also an opportunity for KenGen to further diversify its earnings. This is something that many geothermal developers around the world are doing, mainly through direct applications of residual geothermal heat or developing tourism sites. KenGen has also begun providing geothermal drilling services for the Tulu Moye and Aluto-Langano projects in Ethiopia.