Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Kenya: GDC Confirms 2 Companies Set to Break Ground for Menengai Geothermal Project in March

Boost for Menengai as first IPP set to hit ground (News Release)

Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has confirmed the ground-breaking ceremony for the first of the three power plants to be constructed by Independent Power Producers (IPPs) at the Menengai Geothermal Project is set to be held in March this year.

Quantum East Africa Power Limited will be breaking ground for the first 35 MW power plant followed by Sosian Menengai Geothermal Power Limited (SMGPL)

This will be a key milestone for GDC as it happens hot on the heels of government’s assurance of its support for Menengai.

Speaking recently during the Annual Staff Review Meeting in Nairobi, GDC Managing Director & CEO Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe assured staff that with accelerated project timelines and delivery, he is confident that by March 2018, the first IPP will hit the ground. 

“Both IPPs have already received their Letters of Support and we trust that we will have banks on board to provide Letters of Credit. In addition, our steam gathering system is 90% complete and by March all should be done,” he said. 

The three IPPs licensed by GDC include Orpower 22 Limited, Sosian Menengai Geothermal Power Limited (SMGPL) and Quantum East Africa Power Limited.