Baringo-Silali Geothermal Project

The Baringo-Silali Project is a Government of Kenya and KfW sponsored geothermal development project covering three prospect areas namely Paka, Korosi and Silali.
The Government of Kenya (GoK) is funding the construction of access roads and well pads while KfW, through a Euros 80 Million loan, is funding the water supply system, drilling of 15-20 geothermal wells, as well as undertaking project related consultancies.

Surface Studies

The surface studies of this project started in 2010. The main geothermal manifestations in the area include fumaroles and altered landscapes. The Baringo-Silali Block has an estimated potential of 3,000MW. GDC plans to develop 300MW in the first phase of the project as follows:
• Paka – 100MW
• Korosi- 100MW
• Silali- 100MW
GDC has obtained an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) License from the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), paving way for the commencement of exploration drilling, with the development of the first 20 wells presently underway.

Current Situation

Currently GDC is undertaking drilling operations using its own rigs. The main stages of the project’s development are:

  • Project preparation: this includes project approvals and surface exploration.
  • Project infrastructure works – construction of roads, water supply system and well pads.
  • Drilling of exploration, appraisal and production wells.
  • Well logging and testing.
  • Construction of the steam gathering system.
  • Power plant development.
  • Transmission line development.

GDC has been undertaking geothermal exploration drilling at the Paka Prospect in the Baringo-Silali Geothermal Project and is now anticipating the commencement of explorations at the Korosi Prospect, the other prospect within the project. The Baringo-Silali Geothermal Project has an estimated geothermal potential of 3,000MW.