The State has given the Menengai Geothermal Project a clean bill of health having confirmed the existence of sufficient steam to feed the proposed 105MW power plants to be constructed by independent power producers (IPPs).
Speaking on Friday during a tour of the Menengai Geothermal Project, Energy and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary Hon. Charles Keter said there is 137MW of steam at the Menengai Geothermal Project, which is more than the required 105 megawatts (MW) for the Phase I of the project.
“I expect the three Independent Power Producers (IPPs) contracted by GDC to commence the construction of the three power plants immediately but not later that the 30 days’ notice that GDC has given them; the Ministry will not extend the deadline, we need to see action,” Hon. Keter cautioned the IPPs
GDC has contracted the Great Wall Drilling Company Limited to drill directional geothermal wells in Menengai.
A brief signing ceremony was held between the GDC MD & CEO, Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe and Great Wall’s director, Mr. Wei Yong Chen. “GDC is pleased to once again partner with Great Wall; under this contract Great wall will drill 16 directional wells in Menengai,” noted the MD.
In 2009/2010, Great Wall worked with GDC in drilling several of GDC’s wells in Olkaria under a contractual arrangement. “We need to fast track this assignment and I am confident that you will execute it fast,’ added Eng. Ole Nchoe.
The Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has made a Kshs. 1.6 Billion profit after tax in the year ended June 2015 turning a corner from lossmaking the previous year. The GDC Chairman Mr. Gershom Otachi Bw’Omanwa announced these results during the company’s annual general meeting.
“During the year GDC entered into a steam sales agreement for the sale of 320MW of steam to KenGen out of which we have generated a Kshs 2.5 Billion gross revenue,” said the GDC Chairman.
Additionally, the company generated more income from consultancy services. “As a regional leader in geothermal technology, drilling and geo-scientific matters, GDC continued to offer its expertise to countries endowed with geothermal resources in the greater Eastern Africa region.”
“The path of profitability is exciting to us. It means that going forward GDC will be able to smoothly meet its financial obligations. This development will also afford GDC more capabilities to undertake bigger and diverse projects,” said the chairman.
GDC is the leading developer of green energy from geothermal resources in Kenya. In its short time of operation since 2009, GDC has proven 544MW of steam, a feat that had never been achieved before. From the 1950s to 2009 when GDC was established, Kenya had only exploited 167MW of geothermal power out of the vast 10,000MW available potential. Today, in about seven year, Kenya has more than tripled the amount of electricity from geothermal sources, thanks to GDC’s effort in accelerating the mining of geothermal steam.
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.
Nairobi, Kenya: Geothermal Development Company (GDC) and National Oil Corporation of Kenya have entered into an agreement to offer joint oil and gas drilling services in Kenya and the region.
The partnership is the first of its kind in the country and will see the two state agencies jointly bid and undertake drilling activities by leveraging on their individual and collective technical expertise.
“As GDC, we are excited to be entering into this agreement with National Oil. This strategic partnership presents a unique opportunity for GDC’s ongoing efforts to optimize its assets in revenue generation,” said Eng. Ole Nchoe, GDC’s Managing Director and CEO.
On her part, National Oil’s acting chief executive officer Ms. MaryJane Mwangi noted that Kenya’s emerging petroleum sector provides vast opportunities in oil and gas drilling.
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.