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KenGen Wins Ksh 5.8B Tender to Drill Geothermal Wells in Ethiopia

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Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has been awarded Ksh5.8 billion contract to drill 12 geothermal wells in Ethiopia – the second project for KenGen in Ethiopia after it won a contract to drill geothermal wells for the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) in Aluto, Ethiopia earlier in February this year.

The contract was awarded by Ethiopia’s independent power producer Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations (TMGO) PLC and will include installation of a water supply system and equipment.

In addition to drilling the wells, KenGen will also supply, operate and conduct maintenance of drilling equipment and the water supply system.

The project, which will be implemented in two phases, is funded World Bank through a loan placed to the Ethiopian Government which amounts to, USD 76,801,344 (about Ksh 7.6 billion).

Phase I of the project will comprise the purchase of drilling rigs while the provision of drilling services will be done in Phase II. KenGen is supplying about 30 per cent of the components of Phase II which translates into about USD 6.2 Mn (about Ksh 620 Mn).

“As top geothermal energy providers in Africa, KenGen has been an inspiration to the region. TMGO is thrilled to become development partners with such a powerhouse; this agreement is a sign of mutual trust and commitment to advancing geothermal energy, which in turn encourages sustainable development in Ethiopia and Africa as a whole,” a statement from the signing said.

KenGen has a geothermal installed capacity of 698MW making it the largest geothermal producer in Africa and the 9th globally.

In its latest financial year earnings, KenGen’s revenue generated from geothermal power plants increased from Sh16.1 billion in 2017 to Sh17.1 billion in 2018, which was a growth of six per cent.

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Fuel Price Soar in the Latest EPRA Review

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Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) has hiked the fuel prices for one month of November through December. In a statement signed by EPRA Director General Pavel Oimoke on Thursday, a litre of petrol in Nairobi will now cost Sh 110.59 an increase if SG 2.54 while a litre of diesel has risen by Sh 2.65 to retail at Sh 104.61.

Households using kerosene are the hardest hit, in the latest review, kerosene consumers part with Sh 2.98 more for a liter that will cost Sh 104.06.

Kenya’s inflation increased to 5.7% in the month of September from 4.04% the previous month due to increased taxes on petroleum products.

The rate is the highest in 12 months, an indication that the impact of VAT on fuel is sieving into the economy. The price increase which took effect from Thursday night will remain in force till the midnight of December 14.

The rise in fuel proves is attributed to an increase in the landing cost for super petrol by 0.86% from Sh 4,593 per cubic meter last September to Sh 4632 per cubic meter last month while that of diesel increased by 2.08% from Sh 4919 per cubic meter to Sh 4999 cubic meter.

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Auctions Jump as Mortgage Defaults Hits sh38 Billion

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Default on mortgages jumped 41 percent to Sh38 billion, pointing to widespread distress in the real estate as it is experiencing a slump growth and property auctions pick up.

Latest real estate data from the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) shows that mortgages shows the industry experienced the biggest hike in non-performing loans (NPLs). Unpaid mortgages increased by Ksh11.2 billion or 41.1 percent, manufacturing by 19 percent, traders by four per cent and personal loans by six percent.

According to the report, 16.9 percent of the Ksh224.8 billion gross loans extended as mortgages were not being serviced at the end of December 2018, up from 12.2 percent in 2017.

“The ratios were above the industry gross NPLs to gross loans ratio of 12.7 percent in December 2018. Deterioration in asset quality was mainly attributed to among other factors; subdued business activities, delayed payments from public and private entities and low uptake of housing and commercial units,” CBK noted.

The real estate industry was dotted with auctions, as the most people who had taken loans on the strength of their pay slips to buy property failed to service them in 2018 and 2019, following the NPLs.

Attributing to a dying economy, which has seen several companies shut, there have been a lot of job cuts in Kenya.

At least 78,400 new formal jobs were created in the economy in 2018 compared to 114,400 in 2017 this, According to the Economic Survey 2019.

Following the interest rate cap which was repealed last week, the banks have also been reluctant to offer loans to individuals and SMEs who are first time borrowers.

As a result, compared with a growth of 23.9 percent in 2015, there was minimal growth in mortgage growth of 0.7 percent last year.

CBK said, “This could be attributed to banks’ review of mortgage terms to offer mortgage loans on increasing credit risk in the real estate sector,”

It is reported that more auctions linked to mortgage defaults were conducted in 2018 compared to 2017.

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Mumias Sugar Company Sacks All Employees Following the Receivership by KCB

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Just a month after the Mumias sugar company was placed under receivership by the Kenya Commercial Bank; all the employees working at the company have been sacked.

The company was placed under receivership by KCB owing to the numerous debts which the it owed the bank dating back to 1972. The company had borrowed Ksh10 million as loan from KCB and it took more between 1972 and 2014 which amounted to more than Ksh3 billion all together.

“Consequent to the company being placed in receivership, all employees’ contracts stand terminated from the date of receivership i.e. 20th September, 2019.” This, the company said in a letter dated November 5, 2019. The Mumias Sugar Company however said that all affected employees would be lawfully compensated.

“Any payment to the affected employees shall be dealt with in accordance with the provision of the law,” the letter read in part. New staff will be hired so as to keep the company operational and most of the priority will be given to the now former employees who have just been fired.

“Accordingly, the Receiver shall engage the services of any employee on a temporary basis on mutually agreeable terms until the time when the operations resume. Priority will however be given to the past employees while recruiting the staff on temporary basis until the time when the company’s operations are revived,” ended the letter.

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