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Kenyan gas on track despite setbacks – ministry

Kenya's planned gas-fired power capacity will be replaced by renewables in the short term, as the country waits for gas production to pick up Kenya's planned gas-fired power capacity will be replaced by renewables in the short term, as the country waits for gas production to pick up.
By Leigh Elston 1 April 2016 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production 0 19766
The Ngamia 1 well in Kenya is operated by Tullow Oil and Africa Oil. (Tullow Oil)

Kenya is betting it can bring gas production onstream within the next three years despite poor drilling results at its main gas prospect. In the meantime, quick and cheap renewable energy will be developed to meet power demand, a senior adviser at the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum told Natural Gas Daily.

"[We can build] wind and solar hybrids in a short time – in 18 months we can get 200 MW [online] and then hope within three years we’ll be able to develop our own...