Two weeks ago, the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) announced that it had successfully drilled one of the biggest geothermal wells in the world, boosting the country’s quest to triple electricity output capacity to 5,000 megawatts.
And with the long rains likely to delay or fail, according to the latest forecasts by the weatherman, KenGen is on a mission to deliver more geothermal energy and, in effect, cut the generation of electricity through costlier, privately-owned, thermal sources.
With a capacity of 30MW, the new well is Africa’s biggest and is located in the geothermal energy-rich Olkaria in Rift Valley. It is 3,000 metres deep and took one-and-a-half months to complete. Read more here