Monday, November 16, 2015

Kenya: GDC Targets 200 MW Geothermal Energy in Baringo County by 2016

Baringo's Geothermal Potential Targeted in Drive for More Power (

The Geothermal Development Company (GDC) plans to generate more than 3,000 MW of electricity in Baringo County as it continues to tap into the area's rich energy potential.

GDC has identified Silale, Paka, Korossi/Chepchuk and areas around lakes Baringo and Bogoria as potential areas for geothermal development.

Speaking Thursday at the conclusion of the county's investment forum officially titiled Baringo Entrepreneurship Expo Summit (BEES), Ms Ruth Musembi, GDC's Corporate Communications Manager, said that by 2030, the county will have capacity to supply more than 20,000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid.

"Baringo County is endowed with massive energy resources which, if well tapped, can turn around the economy of the area. The county has the capacity to supply energy not only to the country but other countries as well," said Ms Musembi.

The company was in the process of drilling more than 42 geothermal wells and the first phase of the project will start at the Bogoria-Silale Geothermal Block, which is expected to generate more than 200 MW by 2016, she said.

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