Daily Nation, January 27, 2011
Increasing direct involvement, including acquiring more drilling rigs, is part of a strategy the country is employing to cut the costs of exploiting its geothermal power potential. Kenya, through the State-owned Geothermal Development Company (GDC), has already acquired two rigs that are expected to lower the costs by almost half.
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Team requests Sh15b for geothermal energy project
The Standard, January 26, 2011
Geothermal Development Corporation is seeking Sh15 billion from the Government to speed up power generation that will lead to reduction in electricity cost.GDC Managing Director Silas Simiyu told 20 MPs from three parliamentary committees the money would be used for geothermal electricity generation in Menengai in Nakuru, Silale and Paka in Baringo East and parts of Lake Turkana.
GDC Menengai drilling
Citizen TV, January 25, 2011
Kenya is now ready to fully exploit its geothermal power resources as the country slowly shifts focus to cleaner energy. The Menengai crater is the latest site where the geothermal development company has began drilling wells expected to produce 100 megawatts of power the end of the year. The move is expected to lower power tariffs since the company will be using its own rigs to drill the wells. Denis Otieno visited the site and brings us the following report.
Menengai crater to become active again
The Standard, January 22, 2011
Menengai Crater, an extinct volcano, is about to become active again, only this time it will not be spewing hot lava, but steam for electricity generation. It will be the largest geothermal power-generating project in Nakuru County after the Olkaria in Naivasha.
Geothermal firm kickstarts drilling at Menengai site
The Standard, January 10, 2011
Geothermal Development Company (GDC) is set to start drilling for geothermal steam in Menengai, Nakuru this week, paving way for establishment of new power plants. According to well-placed sources within the State-owned company mandated to fast track development of geothermal resources, the process of assembling two rigs recently landed at the site has been finalised in readiness for the drilling exercise.
GDC geothermal drilling
Citizen TV, January 4, 2011
The geothermal development company GDC begins drilling geothermal wells in the Menengai crater next week. GDC which has already procured 2 drilling rigs expects to have the first 10 megawatts of power by the end of the first quarter of the year. The crater which holds geothermal energy potential of 1000 megawatts will enable the country meet its power needs by 2018, a move that could drastically reduce electricity tariffs.
Geothermal holds key to future
Daily Nation, November 30, 2010
If Vision 2030 is to be realised, Kenya will have to invest aggressively in geothermal electricity production. It is estimated that the Menengai fields in Nakuru District alone have the potential to produce more electricity than what the whole country currently consumes. Indeed, Kenya is in the cusp of a boom in geothermal energy.