It was a historical moment for GDC as trucks were flagged off to Baringo-Silali, from the Menengai project site on Tuesday 9th October 2018. Several GDC Board Members, Managing Director & CEO Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe and staff were present to witness this monumental moment.
The three GDC Directors who were present were all excited to witness the moment. They appreciated the teamwork embraced by staff members and urged them continue to being agents of change. They also reiterated that the company had transformed lives in the GDC regions of operation.
The MD acknowledged the two regional managers for the great co-ordination in ensuring that the process of moving the rig goes well. “This is an important day in the history of our company. Electricity is an enabler of the Big 4 Agenda and drilling in Baringo – Silali will reduce the cost of power, and also put Baringo-Silali and Kenya on the world map. This is the first rig movement from Menengai to Baringo, and it will be solely done by GDC staff. The distance between Menengai and Paka is approximated at 200Km.This exercise will take 4 weeks”, said Eng Nchoe. He applauded GDC staff tasked with moving the rig and emphasized on how this exercise has helped save the company costs.
“Going North opens a new frontier for this country and changes the potential for providing cheap power”, said Mr. Paul Ngugi Central Rift Regional Manager as he welcomed those present at the function. He applauded the team which was involved in the logistics and planning of the exercise and attributed it to the great teamwork displayed by staff involved.
Celebrating the first rig in the North, North Rift Regional Manager Mr. John Lagat appreciated the Board for enabling the process. He also thanked the infrastructure department for the great job in ensuring that the drilling process begins with no hitch. “Paka prospect is now ready for drilling and this is a great milestone. GDC managed to get water into Paka project, the well pad is ready and the pipeline and pumping is complete. We shall now be discussing the drilling progress in Paka I and II,” said John Lagat. Mr. Ngugi handed over the rig “symbolically” to Mr. John Lagat.