In response to enhanced water inflows from ongoing rains, the Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has escalated its hydropower generation efforts, signaling a positive development in the country's power sector.

The company disclosed that its Seven Forks operational facility has experienced a significant surge, with power stations registering a noteworthy peak demand exceeding 476MW in the past 24 hours alone.

KenGen further highlighted the positive shift in water levels at Masinga Dam, Kenya's largest, which has now reached 1,042.60 meters above sea level, surpassing the minimum operational level of 1,037mASL. This uptick follows a substantial 18.50mm of rainfall in the area, augmenting the inflow from the Tana River into the dam.

To optimize overall hydro power station performance, KenGen has consequently ramped up generation at lower dams, notably Kamburu, which draws water from River Thiba and the Kiambere power station.

KenGen's Managing Director and CEO, Eng. Peter Njenga, commented on the situation, stating: "Despite the encouraging rainfall, the Masinga dam levels are still short of reaching their maximum water level of 1,056.50mASL. We do not expect Masinga to spill anytime soon as the water levels are ascending very slowly. We remain vigilant and will issue an alert should the dam levels approach spilling thresholds."

He emphasized that KenGen is closely monitoring the situation and will promptly notify the public if the dam levels approach spilling thresholds. Current weather reports indicate persistent heavy rains across most parts of Kenya, resulting in flooding incidents in regions such as the lower Tana River, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana, Meru, and parts of the Coastal area.

In light of these developments, KenGen is urging residents in the lower areas of the River Tana to exercise caution. Eng. Njenga advised those in proximity to major rivers and dams to remain alert and relocate to higher grounds if necessary to prevent potential loss of lives and property.