KenGen seeking way to increase geothermal development in Kenya
Figuring out how to increase geothermal development in Kenya, KenGen has started work on a study to explore ways to utilise its geothermal potential.
With today around 650 MW installed geothermal power generation capacity, Kenya has come a long way to utilise its geothermal potential. From two geothermal wells to today 218 wells, a lot has been done.
But with an overall geothermal potential estimated at 10,000 MW at 23 sites across the country, there is still a lot of room for development.
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is now seeking ways to increase development and has started work on a geothermal development study.
KenGen’s Managing Director Albert Mugo said that the cost of geothermal exploration has been the biggest hurdle for the country to not see more development.
“So far we have only tapped 650MW of geothermal energy and we are working with other partners so we can increase geothermal power,” he said.
Working together with Kenya Wildlife Service on conservation and protecting the ecosystem of Hell’s Gate National Park in Naivasha, KenGen is also seeking to appease environmentalists.
Source: Daily Star