Nairobi Metropolitan Services is set to embark on the construction of a waste-to-energy plant at the Dandora landfill.

The facility will be built in partnership with the Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) which has already invited interested consultants to submit bids for carrying out feasibility studies at the project site.In the agreement, KenGen will finance, develop and operate the power plant to supply the Kenyan electricity grid while Nairobi County will supply the required land.On August 25, 2020, KenGen signed an agreement with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) to launch the project.

Plans to construct the facility at the Dandora waste site have been in play since 2013 when Nairobi County Government signed an agreement with the Sustainable Energy Management Company (SEMC) and ISO International Development & Consulting GmbH (ISO) for the development of the project.The project details outlined a 70MW waste-to-energy power plant on 5ha of land including the construction of a substation, storage tanks, processing units, access roads and related infrastructure, and the installation of generators and equipment and the laying of transmission lines.In 2019, Nairobi County government announced plans to begin construction of the plant in June, however the plan did not materialize.Last year, the government also gazetted the Impact assessment for another 10MW waste-to-energy plant to be built in Nairobi’s Kibera slums.