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Olkaria III Geothermal Power Station

Olkaria III Geothermal Power Station
Olkaria III Geothermal Power Station is located in Kenya
Olkaria III Geothermal Power Station
Map of Kenya showing the location of Olkaria III Geothermal Power Station
Location Olkaria, Nakuru County, Kenya
Status Operational
Commission date 2000
Owner(s) Ormat Technologies Inc.
Power generation
Primary fuel geothermal power
Units operational 3 (48MW+36MW+26MW)
Nameplate capacity 110 MW

The Olkaria III Geothermal Power Station, also known as the Olkaria III Geothermal Power Plant is the largest geothermal power plant in Kenya, having an installed electric capacity of 110 MW.[1]


  • Location 1
  • History 2
  • Ownership 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External references 6


The facility is located in Hell's Gate National Park, along with its sister stations, Olkaria I and Olkaria II. This location lies in Olkaria, in Nakuru County, on the eastern edge of the Eastern Rift Valley, approximately 33 kilometres (21 mi), by road, southwest of Naivasha, the nearest large town.[2] Olkaria lies approximately 120 kilometres (75 mi), by road, northwest of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya and the largest city in that country.[3]


The Olkaria III Power Station first started operation in 2000, running one Mitsubishi turbine with a generation capacity of 13MW. In January 2009 new infrastructure was installed, adding another 35 megawatts to the plant's capacity. Later 36 Megawatts production capacity was installed. The third generation unit at Olkaria III, with capacity of 26 Megawatts was commissioned in 2014, bringing total capacity at the plant to 110 Megawatts.[4]


Olkaria III Power Station is owned by Ormat Technologies Inc., a Reno, Nevada registered company, with production facilities in Yavne, Israel.[5] According to Kenyan print media, Ormat Technologies Inc. sold 503 gigawatt hours (GWh) to Kenya Power, earning KES:3.89 billion (US$45 million), in the 12 months ending 30 June 2013.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Olkaria III Geothermal Raises Capacity To 110MW
  2. ^ Map Showing Olkaria And Naivasha With Distance Marker
  3. ^ Road Distance Between Nairobi And Olkaria With Map
  4. ^ Expanding Kenya's Geothermal Power Potential
  5. ^ About Ormat Technologies Inc.
  6. ^ US Energy Firm Records Revenue Growth From Olkaria III Plant

External references

  • Approximate Location of Olkaria III Geothermal Power Plant At Google Maps. Power Plant Does Not Yet Appear On Most Publicly Available Maps
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