GDC distributes food to Ol Rongai community, donates Kshs. 500,000 to Rongai Secondary School

Tuesday April 4, 2017 - The MD & CEO of the Geothermal Development Company, Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe, has donated assorted foodstuff to the Ol Rongai Community living near the Menengai Geothermal Project. GDC donated 160 bags of maize, 40 bags of beans, 600 litres of oil and 380 packets of salt.

“GDC values the cordial relationship that we have enjoyed with the Menengai community over the years and we have decided to show our solidarity during their time of need,” said the MD & CEO Eng. Johnson Ole Nchoe while flagging off the GDC Jirani-wa-Karibu food drive at the Ol Rongai Centre.

The area MP Hon. Raymond Moi thanked GDC for the kind gesture and promised GDC that the Ol Rongai Community will continue to support the Menengai project. “Thank you for the kind gesture; as the Rongai member of the National Assembly, I appreciate what GDC has done for our community.”

In addition to the food assistance, GDC donated Kshs. 500,000.00 to Ol Rongai Secondary School for the completion of a girls’ dormitory. On receiving the good news, the headmistress of the school noted that the completion of the dormitory will increase the boarding capacity of the school allowing more girls to board in the school. “In the recent past we have had more 10 girls drop out of school due to early pregnancy; we believe having them board in school will change the situation,” noted the headmistress.

Recently, GDC donated another 160 bags of maize, 40 bags of beans, 600 litres of cooking oil and 380 packets of salt to the Bahati Constituency community who are also living near the Menengai project. Hon. Kimani Ngunjiri, the area Member of the National Assembly also attended the event and thanked GDC for its generosity over the years.

The Menengai Geothermal Project is one of the three major projects being undertaken by the Geothermal Development Company. In the next 10 years GDC plans to develop 400MW of geothermal power from Menengai. The other two projects include the Baringo-Silali project which is targeting 300MW in the next 10 years and the Suswa projects that plans to generate 300MW in 10 years.

In Menengai, GDC has contracted three independent power producers through a competitive international open tender to develop 105MW of geothermal power. Each of the three contracted firms will build and operate a 35MW geothermal power plant for 25 years. Once the 105MW power plants are commissioned, GDC will be earning about Kshs 1.7 Billion in annual steam sales revenue. Ground breaking ceremony for the 105MW power plants is planned to take place before the close of the 2016/17 financial year.

Following a steam sales agreement signed in 2014 between GDC and with KenGen for the sale of steam from GDC's 59 wells in Olkaria, GDC is already earning Kshs. 3 billion from the sale of the 320MW of steam in Olkaria to KenGen. The GDC steam is used to run two new power plants and several wellhead at Olkaria.

GDC, a wholly government-owned company, was established in 2008 as a special purpose vehicle to tale up upfront risks associated with the development of geothermal resources and by so doing accelerate the generation of electricity from geothermal resources in Kenya.

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