It was a day of pomp and colour yesterday at Menengai as GDC played host to H.E. Hon. Rigathi Gachagua, EGH, the Deputy President, as he officiated over the Globeleq powerplant groundbreaking ceremony.
In a morning of parked activities, the Deputy President lauded GDC for its role in helping to develop green energy. He promised government’s support so that GDC can competently deliver on its mandate.
“We will continue to support GDC to effectively play its role; more importantly, these efforts will help Kenya meet its international obligation on decarbonizing the economy on Africa and global front as we push to exploit the full geothermal potential,” said the DP.
He added that: “the government is keen on lowering the cost of power. Electricity from this powerplant will cost only 7 US cents… Affordable power will help spur economic development and reduce the cost of doing business.”
The Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Davis Chirchir expressed delight that he will see the fruits of what he initiated 10 years ago. He expressed full confidence in GDC to help the country drive the geothermal agenda.
On his part, the Board Chair, Hon. Walter Nyambati, noted that GDC was greatly honoured by the presence of the Deputy President. He assured attendees that GDC, with the government and financiers’ support, will excel.
“We’re happy. This groundbreaking a future of lowered cost of power and more revenues for GDC. I want to assure the GDC staff that our Company is great; it has potential and what we need is to all, in one accord, support each other and pull forward together,” the CEO counselled.
The event was also graced by other top government officials including the Mr. Alex Wachira, PS State Department of Energy, H.E. Susan Kihika, Governor, Nakuru County, Members of Parliament, and ambassadors.
At the venue, the GDC teardrops and flags flapped majestically as guests streamed in or held their tête-à-tête. Most of the guests marveled at the wonder that Manengai has become.
And, like a nice icing on the cake, the event ended on a high note as the Chairman and the CEO presented framed pictures of Menengai to the Deputy President and the outgoing UK Ambassador to Kenya, Jane Marriot. The hall raptured in applause.