A turnkey diesel power plant is to be built in Kenya by Germany’s MAN Diesel & Turbo.

The 88 MW plant will be built in Thika City, near Nairobi, will be operated by Thika Power, a subsidiary of Matelec Group of Lebanon, and will supply energy to the Kenya Power & Lighting Company.

The plant will be the first in Africa to use MAN’s Diesel Combined Cycle product package. Five MAN 18V48/60 four-stroke engines will be at its heart, and the waste heat from the engines will be used to power a MAN MARC2 steam turbine, which will generate a further 6.8 MW of electricity.

Rene Umlauft, chief executive of MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “The African continent offers huge potential for our power plants unit. Our solutions can help to bridge the existing energy supply gap in many parts of the continent swiftly and smoothly.”

Construction work in Thika is already underway and the plant is due to come on line in spring 2013.