GDC’s formation is as a result of the enactment of the Energy Act No. 12 of 2006, after the adoption of Sessional Paper No. 4 on Energy in 2004 that unbundled the country’s energy sector into five sub-sectors: generation, transmission, distribution, regulation and policy. GDC is in the generation sub-sector.
GDC is tasked with developing steam fields and selling geothermal steam for electricity generation to Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) and private investors. Geothermal steam is an environmentally friendly and abundant raw material used for generating electricity. Once the steam is captured, it is used to turn a turbine which leads to production of power.
The Government of Kenya and several development partners have been financing geothermal exploration and drilling.
To develop 1,065MW of geothermal resources by 2030
Lowering the cost of power in Kenya
Removing upfront risks and reducing costs through infrastructural development exploration works and production drilling
Promoting direct uses of geothermal resources
Developing human capacity for geothermal development
Supporting Government of Kenya in fund mobilization
Supporting private sector entry and sell steam to power producers
Early power generation through installation of well head generating units
GDC incorporated as a special purpose vehicle to accelerate development of geothermal resources in Kenya
GDC opened its offices, recruited staff and commenced drilling operations in the Olkaria geothermal field to avail steam for KenGen
Acquired our first two (2) high capacity drilling rigs
Discharged the first well at Menengai, MW-01, proving the presence of steam in the field. The well has a capacity of 12.5MW
Received support from our partners to develop the Menengai Geothermal Project
• Feasibility study for
the power plant at the
• GDC invited bids from Independent Power Producers (IPPs) for power plant development for the Menengai Phase I Project
• Struck a 30 MW well
(MW-1A) at Menengai
• Acquired three (3) additional high capacity drilling rigs.
• Three IPPs competitively selected and
awarded contract each to construct
35MW power plant for the Menengai
Phase I Project.
• Launched Direct Use pilot projects at Menengai which include a geothermal-powered dairy unit, geothermal-powered laundromat, geothermal-heated fish pond and geothermal-heated greenhouse.
Within the FY 2015/2016, earned revenue from steam sales worth approximately KShs. 3B from the Olkaria Geothermal Project in Naivasha
Completed construction of 25 km of additional access road and carried out maintenance of the already existing road network in the BogoriaSilali geothermal project area
• Completed construction of the
Steam Gathering System (SGS) in the
Menengai Geothermal Project.
• Carried out the first rig mobilization to Paka Prospect in the Bogoria- Silali Geothermal Project to commence drilling operations.
• International partnerships: Carried out capacity building consultancy program for a team from the Djibouti Office for Geothermal Development (ODDEG).
• Africa Geothermal Centre of Excellence (AGCE) approved 32 instructors from GDC staff to give training in various areas of expertise at the GDC’s Centre of Excellence.
• Grain dryer for Direct
Use demonstration was
installed and tested.
Testing was successfully
done using wheat and
• Water supply system installed and commissioned in BogoriaSilali Geothermal Project
• Finished appraisal drilling at Paka
• Started Korosi drilling
• Steam Gathering System (SGS) commissioned
• Success in coil tubing exercise
• Paka well 3 (PW-03) successfully discharged