Phyllis Mathenge, a drilling Engineer from the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has been appointed as the first interim President of WING Africa, the Africa affiliate of WING Global, based in the US. WING Africa was officially launched last month during the Sixth Africa Rift Geothermal Conference ARGeo-C6 conference held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The term WING stands for women in geothermal. WING Africa is a non-profit association that advocates for the strengthening of women’s voice, diversity and inclusiveness in the geothermal industry.
WING Africa has membership drawn from all the 13 countries in Africa that are endowed with geothermal resources. It is affiliated to both WING global and the international geothermal association (IGA). It admits women from all professions, both technical (engineering and science) and non-technical, as well as men who support the growth of women working in the geothermal industry. WING Africa has noble objectives that will ultimately bring more women in geothermal into a policy and decision making level and encourage more African women to join the geothermal industry. read more...
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the Menengai Geothermal Project.
Speaking yesterday during a tour of the project, the AfDB Vice President and Special Envoy on Gender Ms. Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi exclaimed, “What I have seen here in Menengai is quite remarkable! The biggest achievement is that this is a Kenyan-run facility. Menengai should now be a Global Center of Excellence.”
Madam Envoy was quite impressed by the gender equality at GDC. “As an African, I look at Menengai with great pride. We need to celebrate it,” she added.
Ms. Moleketi stated that AfDB will walk together with GDC in order to achieve the grand vision. The Special Envoy also revealed that the AfDB Board of Directors, while at a recent meeting on African Development held in Lusaka, Zambia, discussed in details the success of Menengai Geothermal Project.
The envoy was flanked by the AfDB coordinator at the National Treasury Ms. Fresia Kamau, the AfDB Country Programme Officer Mr. Samuel Kamara, among other delegates. Speaking on behalf of the National Treasury, Ms. Kamau noted that the Menengai Geothermal Project is a good case study and said that the government appreciates the work GDC has done so far.
GDC has launched a revamped Human Resource Policies and Procedures Manual (HRPP) and the Integrity Assurance Programme. Effectively, the two programmes set the company on a more professional trajectory.
The Managing Director & CEO Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe officiated over the brief and colourful events in Nakuru, Naivasha and in Nairobi in the first two weeks of September.
“Today we are beginning a new chapter in GDC. The document we are unveiling here will act as our bible and propel staff to new beginnings,” Eng. Ole Nchoe told an enthusiastic Nakuru staff.
He further warned staff against engaging in unethical practices like corruption, late reporting to work, sexual harassment, misuse of company property and conflict of interest.
“We must work as professionals as we progressively move towards giving Kenya the green energy it requires. Stern measures will be taken against staff who engage in unethical practices,” he warned. The MD also unveiled a new anti-corruption reporting system which has been created through a special email:firstname.lastname@example.org .
In the corruption prevention programme, the company has appointed integrity officers in each area – Nakuru, Naivasha and Nairobi. “We must all strive to fight the vice that is corruption. That is the only way we can be able to support this country towards economic development,” the CEO told his staff
GDC participated in the second Energy Journalism Excellence Awards (EJEA) held last night at Nairobi’s Safari Park Hotel.
The event was graced by Ministry of Energy & Petroleum CS Hon. Charles Keter, Ministry Principal Secretaries Eng. Dr. Joseph Njoroge and Andrew Kamau. GDC MD & CEO Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe also attended the gala, as well as several GDC managers and MOEP Parastatal heads.
The World Bank (WB) will finance the review of the GDC’s Corporate Strategy and that of the National Geothermal Strategy in Kenya. These two critical documents are desired to streamline the optimal development of geothermal resources in the country.
The GDC Corporate Strategy is key in recasting the company’s focus on accelerating the holistic development of geothermal energy in the country. GDC is now in discussion with the WB on the procurement of a consultant for the review assignment.
“We’re happy that the World Bank has come in handy at this critical moment. I wish to thank the Bank for this great gesture. This way, the future of geothermal in Kenya is brighter,” remarked Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe, the GDC Managing Director & CEO.
Energy & Petroleum Cabinet Secretary Hon. Charles Keter has urged GDC to work hard on delivering on its targets. He said this last week when he met with the GDC Board of Directors and Management during a retreat in Naivasha. The CS was accompanied by Energy Principal Secretary Eng. Dr. Joseph Njoroge. read more...
Welcome to the Africa Geothermal Centre of Excellence
GDC has setup the African Geothermal Centre of Excellence (AGCE). The Institute offers courses on all facets of geothermal technology including but not limited to drilling engineering, Geosciences (including Geology, Geochemistry, and geophysics), reservoir engineering, environmental management, HSE, steam-field management, project management and power plant engineering. The activities are aimed at building capacity for geothermal development in Africa. GDC already has a pool of experienced human resource in all areas of geothermal development and utilization. The Institute collaborates with the regional industry players and universities.