Who we are
The Geothermal Development Company (GDC) is fully government-owned company in Kenya's energy sector. GDC was formed in 2008 as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to accelerate the development of geothermal resources in Kenya.
GDC is tasked with developing steam fields and selling geothermal steam for electricity generation to KenGen and to private investors. Geothermal steam is an environmentally friendly and abundant raw material used for generating electricity.
The government and several development partners have been financing risks associated with geothermal exploration and drilling.
Develop green energy for Kenya from geothermal resources
To be a world leader in the development of geothermal resources
- GDC subscribes to high ethical standards, openness and honesty.
- GDC embraces excellence, quality service, and continual improvement.
Achievements to date
In 2009 when GDC started operations, Kenya had tapped only 167MW from geothermal resources out of a potential of more than 10,000MW in the country. The scorecard is now different: GDC has developed more than 544MW of steam in both Olkaria and Menengai geothermal projects.
GDC’s 59 geothermal wells in Olkaria have a total yield of 412MW. GDC is selling 320MW of steam to KenGen for electricity generation, earning an annual revenue of Kshs. 3 billion. By providing steam for electricity generation, GDC has helped displace diesel power plants which generate expensive and environmentally unfriendly power.
The addition of 320MW of geothermal power into Kenya’s national grid has driven down the cost of power by 22% and 35% for domestic and industrial consumers respectively, thus helping the government to meet its target of providing affordable and reliable green energy.
In the Menengai geothermal project, GDC has developed 137MW of steam and contracted three (3) private companies, commonly known as independent power producers (IPPs) to generate 105MW using GDC’s steam. The three power plants are expected to be operational in 2018. GDC will generate approximately Kshs. 1.7 billion annually.
GDC is effectively contributing towards the reduction of the cost of living and the cost of doing business Kenya. In this way, GDC is propelling Kenya towards middle-income economy status in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030 promising a future with reliable, affordable green energy.
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.