Chinese firm to start exploration for Magadi geothermal prospect in Kenya

Chinese firm to start exploration for Magadi geothermal prospect in Kenya Geothermal well at Menengai, Kenya (source: flickr/ ScientificDrilling)
Alexander Richter 9 Jan 2018

Chinese firm Kaishan Holding Group is to start exploration and drilling for the Magadi geothermal project in Kenya next month.

As reported today in local news, Kaishan Holdings Group from China is expected to start exploration and drilling for a geothermal project in Narok County, Kenya next month.

The company’s president, Mr Kevin Cao, accompanied by his geologist and Energy ministry officials, were among a delegation that held a meeting with Narok Governor Samuel Tunai to discuss the prospect before the announcement was made.

The company sees a potential of 500MW for the geothermal prospect at Magadi.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Tunai said the company got the green light to drill steam wells in the Suswa South-Magadi-Shompole steam fields.

Governor Tunai said communities in the project area will benefit from employment opportunities when drilling commences next month.

Zhejiang Kaishan Compressor Co., Ltd. received the Suswa South-Magadi-Shompole Area geothermal resource license NO.4/2017 issued by Kenya Energy & Petroleum Ministry. This license gives Kaishan the rights and concession to explore and develop geothermal project in for the Magadi geothermal project.

Source: Daily Nation, Kaishan

Note: An earlier version of this article could be mistaken for this being the Suswa project (of GDC). The actual project in question is the Magadi project in Narok County, Kenya.