Friday, June 10, 2016

Kenya: Drilling for Baringo Geothermal Project to Start in January 2017

Geothermal works to commence in Bogoria Silali Block (Standard Digital)

Menengai Geothermal power plant construction will commence in the next three months

Drilling operation for geothermal energy in the Baringo Silali Block will commence in January 2017 - according Eng. Johnson Ole Nchoe, the Managing Director and CEO of the Geothermal Development Company (GDC).

The Baringo Silali Block Project has been funded by KFW of Germany to the tune of Ksh. 8 billion. GDC is expected to drill about 20 wells that will produce up to 200 MW of electricity. The Baringo Silali Block has a potential output of 3000 MW. GDC has already carried out comprehensive scientific exploration. The company has also paved roads in the project area that are critical for drilling operations.

Meanwhile, GDC has announced that power plant construction at the Menengai Geothermal Project, will commence in the next three months to tap and produce 105 MW of electricity. The company has contracted three Independent Power Producers  (IPPs) to build three power plants in the project. This way, Kenya’s efforts towards cheap green electricity will be realized.

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