KenGen CEO Rebecca Miano speaking at a past event
KenGen CEO Rebecca Miano speaking at a past event

KenGen CEO Rebecca Miano was on Wednesday, November 18 named among energy sector bigwigs on the Africa Energy Chamber’s list of 25 movers and shakers to watch.

Miano was 13th on the list that includes, among others, Total’s President for Africa Nicole Terraz, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Angolan President João Lourenço and Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Salman, the head of Saudi Arabia’s delegation to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

The Energy Chamber noted Miano’s key role in Kenya’s plan to be a leader in green energy and a power hub on the continent.

“As Kenya further increases geothermal generation and seeks to augment power generation capacity, Rebecca’s strategic decisions will impact the country’s ability to reach its renewable energy targets, and ultimately shape East Africa’s regional energy market,” the AEC noted.

Miano has been at the helm of the region’s largest producer of electricity since 2017, having served in an acting capacity since August 2015.

Energy Principal Secretary Dr Eng Joseph Njoroge (centre), KenGen Board Chairman, Mr Joshua Choge www.businesstoday.co.ke
Energy Principal Secretary, Dr ng Joseph Njoroge (centre), KenGen Board Chairman Joshua Choge (right) and Managing Director & CEO, Mrs Rebecca Miano (left) during the company’s 67th Annual General Meeting. [ Photo / Business Today ]

She was the first female Chief Executive at KenGen, and one of only two women who lead a parastatal in Kenya. The other is National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK) Managing Director Mary Jane Mwangi.

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During KenGen’s AGM on Tuesday, November 3, Miano shed light on areas the organization would focus on in coming years.

Importantly, the company plans on solidifying its position as a leading electricity producer and expanding beyond Kenya.

In recent years, the firm has found success in exporting technical knowledge and expertise, an area the parastatal is keen to grow.

KenGen is currently undertaking two multi-billion shilling contracts in neighboring Ethiopia.

The organization won the bid to drill eight geothermal wells and provide geo-scientific survey following a competitive process in 2018.

KenGen in consortium with Shandong Kerui Petroleum Equipment Company Limited and Shandong Kerui Oilfield Service Company limited was also awarded a contract by the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) for the supply of drilling rigs and its accessories as well as rig operation and maintenance for drilling geothermal wells at Aluto, Langano in Ethiopia.

KenGen’s total revenue grew from Sh45.30 billion in 2018 to Sh45.97billion in 2019, representing 1.5 per cent growth.

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