The African Development Bank (AfDB) is upbeat with the ongoing progress at the Menengai Geothermal Project.
Speaking on Saturday 21 July 2018 during a tour of the project, African Development Bank Group (AfDB) President Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, noted that GDC has made major progress in the project which he added will uplift many livelihoods in the country.
“Kenya is endowed with geothermal that can be used to light not only Kenya but the region. Geothermal will turn Kenya into a power-exporting country,” he said.
Dr. Adesina, who was accompanied by Energy and National Treasury Cabinet Secretaries Charles Keter and Henry Rotich respectively, said geothermal development was the pillar of Kenya’s national development.
CS Keter commended GDC for the project, which has so far attained 165MW of steam. “Drilling is still ongoing here in Menengai for many other phases. GDC will also soon be moving to the Baringo Silali Project,” he said. Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge also lauded the implementation of other direct uses of geothermal energy by GDC. “I’m glad to let you know that GDC is using heat from geothermal steam to pasteurise milk, heat greenhouses and fish ponds at the Menengai project site. That is critical for food security,” said the PS.
In their remarks, the GDC Board Chairman Mr. Gershom Otachi and Managing Director & CEO Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe thanked the Bank for their support.