The Menengai Geothermal Project in Nakuru County will produce 105 megawatts of electricity upon completion of the phase one power plant.
This is according to the GDC Chief Executive officer Eng.Johnson Ole Nchoe who says the project has reached a critical stage where the three Independent Power Producers are set to break the ground for the construction of power plants that will generate 105 MW.
He spoke on Monday during a visit by Dr.Caleb Nyamajeje Weggoro-the Executive Director African Development Bank East African Region to the Menengai Geothermal Project in Nakuru.
The three IPPs for the tender are orPower22, Quantum Power and Sosian with each expected to produce 35 MW once the power plant is constructed.
Eng. Ole Nchoe adds that GDC has fulfilled all the conditions precedence of the project among them acquiring land lease for the Menengai Project from the Kenya Forest Service, Steam report done by Independent consultant West Jec Japan that demonstrated that Menengai has enough steam for 105 MW plus 20% extra.
With the above, it means the 105 MW will be sustained for the next 25 years.
The African Development Bank will also guarantee the support of the Independent Power Producers in the project.
“The project has reached a critical stage where the three Independent Power Producers are set to break the ground for the construction of power plants that will generate 105 MW” he said.
A spot check at the project site also reveals that GDC has made strides in constructing a steam gathering system, which is 95% complete and the 25 KM long pipeline can carry steam capacity of 150MW.
The project will see reduced power expenses as the project is offering the cheapest tariff of Kshs.7 p/kWh.
Speaking after touring the project site, Dr.Caleb Nyamajeje Weggoro stated that he was satisfied with the progress.
While reiterating the need for value of money on projects, he said the Bank will continue to support projects that have value to the citizens.
“With the good work and value for money then it means in future Kenya will now qualify for other financial support” he said.
African Development Bank is a key financier of the Menengai Geothermal Project.
The Bank has financed the drilling of 120 wells through capacity building, purchase of three rigs and purchase of consumables.
The project upon completion will see a half a million people benefit from the same.
Nakuru County chief of Staff Njoroge Gichuie who accompanied the guests to the Project site said the project is paramount as it will help the government achieve the 4 development agenda.
He added that as County Government of Nakuru, they will continue to support the GDC in ensuring the project is successful as it will also boost the economy.
PHOTO/NGPU:GDC Chief Executive officer Eng.Johnson Ole Nchoe (right) and Dr.Caleb Nyamajeje Weggoro-the Executive Director African Development Bank East African Region during a visit at the Menengai Geothermal Project in Nakuru.