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Efforts to add more than 5000 MW of electricity generation capacity in Kenya – part of a push to improve electrification rates to 70% of households by 2017 – are leading to a jump in renewable projects, as well as cuts in end-user tariffs.

As East Africa’s largest economy, Kenya has seen its economy grow by more than 4% for the last three years, according to data from the World Bank, while an improvement in fiscal indicators and a new constitution encouraging devolution have helped to improve governance and the public balance sheet. 

Chapter | Energy from The Report: Kenya 2014

Along with Tanzania and Uganda, Kenya is emerging as a new destination for oil and gas explorers after several hydrocarbons deposits in commercially viable quantities were found in the East Africa region. The extent of Kenya’s oil and gas reserves is still being determined and estimates vary widely, but some government projections suggest that its reserves could exceed Uganda’s expected...

Kenya has long carried out exploratory drilling – a total of 31 exploration wells were drilled between 1960 and February 2012 – but until recently it did not record any significant finds. This changed in March 2012, when Tullow Oil announced an oil discovery at the Ngamia-1 well in Turkana. As of July 2014, a further 16 wells had been drilled, of which 11 were discovery...

What can be done to make the environment for upstream activity more attractive?

How will the recent oil discoveries in Kenya affect its import bill, local reserves and export capacity?