Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Kenya: 105 MW Menengai Geothermal Power Project Faces Delays

Limited funds delay geothermal development works in Baringo (The Star)

Geothermal exploration work at Menengai in Baringo County will take longer than expected due to limited funds, the Energy Regulatory Commission estimates.

The commission's acting director general, Pavel Oimeke, said delays in licensing, financial closure and technical hitches have contributed to delays in the setting up of the power plants by the Geothermal Development Company.

"They are still looking for a lot of support from the government, but we expect before the end of this year, they will be able to make good progress and the power plant will be under construction," said Oimeke last week in Nakuru.

He said GDC has contracted three independent power producers to build three power plants in the project to tap and produce 105 MW of electricity under phase one.

"GDC have been making good progress in drilling a number of wells. About 105 megawatts have been tendered and three companies are in the process of setting up the power plants to generate power from those wells,"he added.