• Geothermal is one of the leading contributors of geothermal
• Country has a potential of over 10,000mw of geothermal power
Geothermal Development Company (GDC) is conducting feasibility studies in Bariingo-Silale area, which could boost Kenya green energy use.
Under the project, the company is expected to generate an extra 100 megawatts (mw) by 2026 as the government phases out thermal power.
Currently, GDC has tapped 75mw from the region as it continues to explore more geothermal power in parts of Rift Valley.
Managing Director Paul Ngugi said the new venture would help bring down the cost of electricity as the government gradually phase out the expensive thermal power.
He said the Baringo-Silali area is rich in geothermal power, which unlike solar and hydro is reliable and environmentally clean.
“We are ready to give the country more geothermal power from Pakka Hills and this will be one of the cheapest electricity sources in the country,” he said.
The MD said the company would continue to invest in specialised equipment such as rig simulators and drilling rigs and human capital in a bid to meet geothermal training and consultancy needs for the region.
“Most countries in the region are desirous of developing their geothermal energy but the biggest challenge they face is lack of expertise and equipment,” he said.
He spoke in Naivasha during the official opening of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Short Course on Geothermal Exploration, which has attracted 44 participants from 13 countries.
“To decarbonise and align with global trends on renewable energy, most African countries are seeking to exploit their geothermal resources,” he said.
“As part of our growth strategy, we are seeking to expand in the region and with
Previously GDC has carried out consultancy services in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Comoros Islands and Rwanda.
Separately UNESCO is working closely with GDC and Baringo County to make the county an internationally recognised geo-park site.
Mary Nyasimi, the National Programme Specialist, Natural Sciences, UNESCO Regional Office for East Africa, said currently only Morocco and Tanzania have UNESCO geo-parks.
She said making Baringo a UNESCO geo-park location would open vast opportunities for the county and therefore boost tourism.