Geothermal Development

The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum plans to develop 5000MW of power by 2030. Under this framework, GDC is developing 1065MW of geothermal power from three geothermal projects. Earlier on in 2009/2010 GDC drilled geothermal wells at the Olkaria Geothermal project to provide steam for the two new power plants.

Geothermal Development Phases

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.