Our Story

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, market and utilize 1065MW from geothermal resources by 2030.


To be the regional leader in the development of geothermal resources.



Our Mandate

To promote rapid development of geothermal resources in Kenya

To avail steam to power plant developers for electricity generation

To manage the geothermal reservoirs and ensure constant supply of steam

To promote alternative uses of geothermal resources other than electricity generation



GDC incorporated as a special purpose vehicle to accelerate development of geothermal resources in Kenya

Offices & Staff

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

First Well

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 Menengai Geothermal Project commissioned.
• 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.

Direct Use

• 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

North Rift

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 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

• Grain dryer for Direct Use demonstration was installed and tested. Testing was successfully done using wheat and maize.
• Water supply system installed and commissioned in BogoriaSilali Geothermal Project