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KenGen and GDC battling it out over largest output geothermal well in Kenya

Geothermal well at Menengai, Kenya (source: flickr/ ScientificDrilling)
Alexander Richter 18 Mar 2019

With a little competitive spirit, KenGen and GDC are battling it out over who has the largest output geothermal well in Kenya with 30 or 30.6 MW.

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) and Geothermal Development Compay (GDC) are battling out over who has the largest output geothermal well, 30 MW or 30.6 MW.

With a standard output of a geothermal well of around 5 MW, these are indeed large numbers and make these wells among the most output wells in the world.

KenGen’s well, OW921 was drilled five years ago to a depth of 3,000 meters and has a measured output at 30 MW. The well feeds into the steam gathering system for the Olkaria V geothermal plant currently under  construction. The well took about 46 days to drill at a cost of $4.5 million.

GDC drilled its Well 1A at Menengai in Nnakuru with a measured output of 30.6 MW. The well feeds the private power plant development at Menengai by Ormat Technnologies, Quantum Power, and Sosian Energy.

The largest geothermal wells can be found in Indonesia and California with about 40 MW each.

Source: Energy Siren