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Akiira geothermal project points to no adverse environmental impacts

Akiira geothermal project site, Naivasha/ Kenya (source: Akiira One)
Alexander Richter 28 Oct 2019

Addressing environmental concerns, Akiira Geothermal Limited reports an effective Stakeholder Engagement and Environmental Management Plan is in place and that it been able to and continues to drill exploratory wells with no adverse impact on the environment nor the community.

Following news on the Akiira geothermal project in Kenya, a joint venture of Frontier, Centum, MarinePower generation and Ram Energy, the company shared a press release, addressing some comments made about the environmental impact of the project.

Akiira Geothermal Limited (“Akiira”) is in the exploration drilling phase of developing a 140 MWe geothermal power project in the Akiira valley of Olkaria area in Naivasha, Kenya.

In addition, we have approached several potential financiers to interest them in the project as and when the geothermal resource is established. To date, Akiira has been able to and continues to drill exploratory wells with no adverse impact on the environment nor the community.

Geothermal energy is a renewable energy source and one of the most environmentally friendly forms of energy. Indeed, geothermal energy is a key pillar in Kenya’s quest to add power capacity to the national grid due to its environmentally friendly nature and affordability.

Despite recent claims in the media, no social nor environmental concerns have been brought to our attention as a result of our exploratory drilling activity. On the contrary, we continue to work closely with the local community to address social and environmental matters to the benefit of both parties.

Akiira has an effective Stakeholder Engagement Plan and Environmental Management Plan to ensure participatory consultation with all stakeholders. Akiira has been lauded by international environmental and social consultants as a role model for stakeholder engagement and management and has not encountered any challenges to date.

We continue to engage potential financiers on the progress of the project with a view to closing financing as the geothermal resource is established.

Source: Press release by Centum (pdf)