The Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has tripled the amount of steam available for electricity generation in Kenya, thus driving down the cost of power and subsequently the cost of doing business in Kenya.
In line with GDC’s mandate of accelerating the development of geothermal resources in Kenya, GDC has in a record six years developed a total of 544MW of steam in two projects – Olkaria and Menengai. This amount is more than triple the steam that was available for electricity generation at the inception of GDC in 2009 which was 167MW.
Eng. Johnson Ole Nchoe, the GDC Managing Director and CEO, while addressing the Kenya Geothermal Consultative Forum meeting in Nairobi noted that GDC is driving down the cost of power by availing steam for the generation of green energy. The conference discussed modalities of developing Kenya’s massive geothermal resources with a view to coming up with a geothermal strategy for Kenya. Kenya has an estimated potential 10,000MW of geothermal resources.
GDC is the leading developer of geothermal resources in Kenya. Out of the 544MW of steam developed by GDC in the last 6 years, that national power Generation Company has converted 320MW into electricity and fed into the national grid. The injection of the additional 320MW of green energy into Kenya’s power mix has reduced the cost of power by 22-35% for domestic and industrial consumers respectively.
GDC is earning revenues from steam sales to KenGen. Through GDC’s work that entails the provision of cheap steam for electricity generation, we continue to reduce the cost living and the cost of doing business in Kenya.
By so doing we are helping move Kenya towards a medium income economy status in line with the Kenya Vision 2030. Affordable energy means better, affordable lifestyles for Kenyans and more profits for investors.
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.