Unearthing a woman of substance in the geothermal sector (ESI Africa)
In an exclusive interview with Phyllis Gathoni Mathenge, Geothermal Development Company’s drilling engineer, ESI Africa undertakes a bit of ‘excavation’ to uncover how to succeed in the geothermal domain.
Holding the unofficial title of being the first-ever female drilling engineer at Geothermal Development Company (GDC), your training has required you to undertake intensive local, international and on-the-job training to execute your duties efficiently and effectively in this highly skilled and specialised field. Now that you are in this position, does the learning stop there?
It was a new and exciting field for me and I loved the experience. I hold a BSc. Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Nairobi, and joined Geothermal Development Company (GDC), Kenya as a graduate trainee. My first deployment was to the maintenance department as a rig maintenance engineer (electrical). I later moved to the more exciting field of drilling operations where I doubled as a shift supervisor. Currently, I am a drilling engineer deployed in the Menengai Geothermal Field in the Kenyan Rift Valley.