Friday, July 7, 2017

Kenya: KenGen and GDC Look to Expand Geothermal Energy Development

KenGen, GDC in plans to venture outside Olkaria and Menengai in developing geothermal power (Standard Digital)

Kenya is looking to expand the area under geothermal exploration and development as it seeks to increase the amount of electricity produced using the renewable energy. The two major players in the geothermal energy subsector said they are evaluating the possibilities of going outside the fields of Olkaria and Menengai in a bid to increase energy produced from geothermal.

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) and Geothermal Development Company (GDC) said plans are at advanced stages to start geothermal exploration and development outside the two traditional areas.

KenGen has applied for a licence to explore and develop geothermal power in Eburru, also in Naivasha, as well as in Lake Magadi.

State owned GDC said among the areas that it is eyeing include Suswa, away from its flagship fields of Menengai.

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