Sri Lankan company VS Hydro has won the tender to construct a Sh1.3 billion ($15 million) hydropower plant for four tea factories in Nyeri County.
VS Hydro has 30 months to set up and hand over the 5MW Gura power project to farmers affiliated to Gathuthi, Gitugi, Iriaini, and Chinga tea factories. Since landing its first contract in 2008 in Uganda, the firm has been making inroads into the East African Community, where the quest for renewable energy is gaining pace. VS Hydro has constructed and commissioned the 18MW Mpanga hydropower plant in the west of Uganda and Nyagak hydropower project in West Nile. The scope of work includes construction of an intake, dredging of a 7.7 kilometre canal, and construction of a powerhouse and transmission line to the four factories.