In Summary
  • Since beginning of the project in 2011, it has not supplied power to the country.
  • Mr Ofwona said several independent power producers have completed procedures for actualising the power project.
  • GAK is planning to come up with a five-year strategic plan as well as publish the Geothermal Africa Magazine.

The Menengai geothermal power project is at last showing signs of yielding fruit after millions of shillings were invested in it.

With this development, the supply of geothermal power in the country is set to increase.

During the Geothermal Association of Kenya (GAK) annual general meeting held at Hotel Cathay in Nakuru County on Friday, experts said the project will be launched within three months.

The project, which recently received support from the African Development Bank (AfDB), is now expected to generate enough power to supply about half a million households and over 300,000 businesses.

PREPARATIONS COMPLETE

Geothermal Development Company (GDC) General Manager for Resource Development Cornel Ofwona told Nation that preparations to launch the mega power project which is expected to generate about 35MW of power are almost complete.

“We have signed a funding agreement with the African Development Bank and in this first quarter we will be breaking ground. It has taken time but launching of the project is coming really soon,” Mr Ofwona said.

Since beginning of the project in 2011, it has not supplied power to the country, despite earlier expectations that it would be launched by 2016.

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