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The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Kenya is in charge of policies to create an enabling environment for efficient operation and growth of the sector. The ministry sets the strategic direction for the growth of the sector and provides a long term vision for all sector players.

Kenya Vision 2030 and the Second Medium Plan 2013-2017 identify energy as one of the infrastructure enablers for transformation into “a newly-industrialising, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens in a clean and secure environment”. Access to competitively-priced, reliable, quality, safe and sustainable energy is essential for achievement of the Vision.

Functions of the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Kenya

The functions of the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum as detailed in the Executive Order No. 2/2013 of May 2013 on the Organisation of the Government of the Republic of Kenya include:-

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  • Energy Policy and Development
  • Hydropower Development
  • Geothermal Exploration and Development
  • Thermal Power Development
  • Oil and Gas Exploration
  • Oil/Gas and Minerals sector capacity development
  • Rural Electrification Programme
  • Petroleum products, import/export/marketing policy Management
  • Renewable Energy Promotion and Development
  • Energy Regulation, Security and Conservation
  • Fossil Fuels Exploration and Development

Institutional structure of the energy sub sector – Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Kenya

The institutional structure of the energy sub sector comprises of:-

  1. The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum (MoEP)
  2. Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC)
  3. Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen)
  4. Kenya Power and Lighting Company
  5. The Rural Electrification Authority (REA)
  6. Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO)
  7. Geothermal Development Company (GDC)
  8. Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB)
  9. Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC)
  10. National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK)
  11. Kenya Petroleum Refinery Limited
  12. Renewable Energy Portal
  13. Private sector actors and energy service users/customers

Directorates of the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum

The State Department of Petroleum Energy 

The Directorate was carved off from the larger Geo-exploration department in April 2010 and given the mandate of spearheading all petroleum operation programmes in the country including policy formulation, review of fiscal, legal and regulatory framework, monitoring and supervision of oil and gas exploration, development and production activities.

 The Geo-Exploration Directorate

This is one of the four technical directorates in the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and it is responsible for Geothermal, Coal and Nuclear Energy activities under the Ministry.
Geo-Exploration Directorate has two departments and each is headed by Principal Superintending Geologist who report to the Chief Geologist. They are:

Geothermal Development Department handles activities centered on exploration and development of geothermal energy resources including preliminary exploration and ranking of prospects, delineation, promotion and license negotiation of geothermal blocks.
Coal and Solid Minerals Department which focuses on matters of coal resource and nuclear energy development. It is headed by Superintending Geologist.

The Directorate of Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy is one of the four technical Directorates of the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum. The broad objective of the Directorate of Renewable Energy is to promote the development and use of energy technologies, from the following renewable sources: biomass, (biodiesel, bio-ethanol, charcoal, fuel wood), solar, wind, tidal waves, Small hydropower, biogas and municipal waste.

The Directorate of Electrical Power Development

The Directorate of Electrical Power Development is responsible for electrical energy policy formulation and development, planning for power development to ensure that there is quality and affordable energy for national development.

General Administration and Support Services  Directorate

This is one of the five Directorates in the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and the only one that is not technical. It is made up of various departments that provide specialised services that support the technical directorates and departments. These are Human Resource and Development, Supply Chain Management, Finance, Accounts, Information Communication Technology, Public Communication, Central Planning and Project Monitoring, Legal, General Administration Services

Management Ministry of Energy and Petroleum

Cabinet Secretary: Hon Charles Keter, EGH
Principal Secretary: Dr. Eng. Joseph Njoroge, MBS (State Department for Energy)
Principal Secretary: Mr. Andrew N. Kamau, CBS (State Department for Petroleum)

Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Projects

KEPTAP Project: Towards a Petroleum Sector Master Plan for Kenya.

Coal plant: 900-1000MW coal fired power plant in Lamu. Negotiations with the successful bidder, a consortium of companies (Gulf Energy; Centum Investment; Sichuan Electric Power and Design & Consulting Company; Sichuan No.3 Electric Power Construction Company; and CHD Power Plant Operation) are ongoing. To be completed in 2017.

Power Generation: Facilitated and supported the development of a total of 406 Megawatts of new power generation capacity as follows: 87.5 MW Thika Power Ltd; 52 MW Orpower Plant III at Okaria; 24 MW Kindaruma upgrade; 12.8 MW Olkaria wellhead; 20 MW Olkaria well heads; and 210 MW Olkaria Geothermal units.

Coal development: Progressed the procurement of an Independent Power Producer (IPP) to develop the 700 MW LNG power plant at Dongo Kundu to Tender adjudication stage.

Geothermal Exploration in Morendat-Malewa area: Progressed the procurement of an Independent Power Producer (IPP) to develop the 960MW Coal power plant at Lamu to Tender adjudication stage.

Connection of electricity to public institutions: Provided support for electrification of 5,000 public primary schools, with 4,481 electrified through the National Grid and 603 through Solar PV.

Monitor, supervise and report on the results of drilling oil exploration wells 4: Etuko, Amosing-1, and Ewoi-1 Wells were spud in Block 10BB; whereas Ekales, and Agete-1 Wells were spud in Block 13T; Bahasi-1 Well was spud in Block 9. The drilling for all the wells was started in 2013.

Coal Exploration in the Karoo System: The Ministry has prepared contracts for private firms to tender for exploratory drilling for coal in both Kilifi and Kwale counties. The Ministry also held test drilling and consultative meetings with leadership and the public in the two counties for smooth implementation of the coal drilling in FY 2014/15.

Coal Exploration in Meru/Isiolo: The Ministry has indentified and established access to six coal exploratory drilling sites. The Ministry also held test drilling and consultative meetings with leadership and the public in the two counties for the smooth implementation of the coal drilling in FY 2014/15.

Geothermal Exploration in Morendat-Malewa area: The Ministry carried out Geological, Geophysical and Geochemical Surveys and completed delineation of the Morendat-Malewa and Kigio-Marula geothermal prospects.

Installation of wind Energy storage facility in Marsabit: Project is ongoing and is expected to be completed by December 2014.

Installation of wind masts and data loggers: Contract for installation of five 100 meter masts awarded and works have commenced.

Re-afforestation of Upper Tana: Works on Sondu Miriu catchment started in Chepalungu, Ndoinet and Saino. Community mobilization completed in all sites and sites preparation in readiness for March/April planting ongoing.

Lake Turkana Wind power Plant: 300MW by IPP to be completed in 2017. 60MW Kinangop Aeolus Wind plant.

Olkaria I: Construction of Unit 4 and 5 for 140MW is expected to be commissioned in Jan 2014; and Unit 6 for 70MW in 2015; while refurbishment of the existing units will give additional 45MW on completion in 2016.

Olkaria IV: Construction of 140MW of Units 1 and 2 to be completed and commissioned in May 2014, Unit for 70MW in 2015, and Units 4 and 5 for 140MW in 2016.
Olkaria V: 140MW for Units 1 and 2 to be commissioned in 2017.

Olkaria II: Construction of Units 4 and 5 will be undertaken to have 140MW installed in 2018.

Menengai Phase I: Construction of 400MW power plants to be completed in 2017

Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Kenya

Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Kenya

Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Contacts

Ministry of Energy & Petroleum,
Physical Address: Nyayo House, 23rd Floor, Kenyatta Avenue
Postal Address: P. O. Box 30582
Town/City: Nairobi Kenya
Email: info@energy.go.ke
Tel: +254 020 310112
Fax: +254 020 228314
Website: www.energy.go.ke

Principal Secretary,
State Department of Energy
Ministry of Energy & Petroleum, Nyayo House,
Kenyatta Avenue,Nairobi
P. O. Box 30582 Kenya

Principal Secretary,
State Department of Petroleum
Ministry of Energy & Petroleum, Nyayo House,
Kenyatta Avenue,Nairobi
P. O. Box 30582 Kenya

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