Does Kenya have commercially viable geothermal resource?
Geothermal resources in Kenya are concentrated in the Rift Valley with more than 14 fields extending from Lake Magadi to Lake Turkana. There are also low temperature fields outside the rift at Homa Hills (Nyanza) and Massa Mukwe (Coast Province).
The current geothermal potential has been estimated at 10, 000 MW. • Currently geothermal energy contributes 209 MW which is about 22% of the country’s production. • With regard to direct use, a horticultural farm in Naivasha uses about 15 MWt of geothermal energy to heat 50 hectares of greenhouses of roses for export. • A tourist hotel at Lake Bogoria is utilizing spring water at 38°C to heat a spa pool.