GDC starts exploration works for Baringo-Silali geothermal project
Kenya's Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has kicked of exploration work for the Baringo-Silali geothermal development, with up to 20 wells to be drilled.
Reported by Kenya’s NTV, Kenya’s Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has started exploration for its Baringo-Silali geothermal development.
The company is now developing water systems, with more than 20 wells to be drilled in Korosi, Paka and Silale. Mr George Kinyanjui, the GDC general manager in charge of drilling and infrastructure, said the firm had already opened the road network to the area, with work on more than 120 kilometres already completed.
GDC has contracted Hong Kong Off-Shore Oil Services Limited (HOOSL) to drill 15-20 geothermal wells.
GDC has identified Silale, Paka, Korossi/Chepchuk and areas around lakes Baringo and Bogoria as potential sites for geothermal energy development.
With funding from German development bank KfW, through concessional loan of KSh 9.5 billion ($90.5 million) and after some delay, the company is now pushing this important project forward. Phase one of the Baringo-Silale Geothermal block is expected to supply 300 megawatts of electricity to the national grid on completion in three years.
According to Eng Johnson ole Nchoe, the GDC Managing Director, the project has so far attracted 36 bidders who are expected to provide services such as casing and well cementing, rig moving, drill pipe inspection, directional drilling and aerated drilling.
“On its completion, the project will see the generation of more than Sh11.5 billion ($110 million) annually, with 15 per cent of the total revenue being channelled to benefit the communities in the surrounding areas,” Eng Nchoe, who led a high-powered delegation to the project area this past weekend.