New Steam Drilling Plant In Nakuru To Raise Clean Energy Stock

A GDC project in Menengai, Nakuru. FILE PHOTO | NMG

By Business Daily

The Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has announced plans to set up a new steam drilling plant in Nakuru in efforts to increase the country’s stock of renewable power.

The State-owned power firm has applied for approval from the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) for the green light to prospect for fresh wells in the vast Menengai Crater.

GDC did not disclose the projected cost of the project — Menengai West Geothermal Drilling Project — adding that the specific locations to be explored and depth of the wells will depend on the funds available.

If approved, it will increase geothermal power to the national electricity grid that now stands at 3,341 gigawatt-hours besides an anticipated reduction in the cost of power.

“GDC is proposing a geothermal exploration programme in Nakuru County. The project will involve drilling deep geothermal wells,” the State-owned firm said in its filings to the national environment watchdog. Read more>>


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