GDC obtains grant for Baringo-Silali geothermal project in Kenya
It is estimated that the Baringo-Silali geothermal site can produce up to 3,000MW
Geothermal Development Company (GDC) that is developing the Baringo-Silali geothermal project in the Rift valley has obtained a grant from the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF).
The grant of $18.6 million is intended to allow geothermal exploration to continue under the project by enabling new drilling. The geothermal project is progressing well.
This is the second time that GRMF has awarded a grant to GDC for the project. GRMF had already allocated a grant of $13 million for the project in March 2019. This funding has enabled the company to make progress on its project.
In September 2019, the company announced the successful drilling of the first geothermal well known as Paka-I. The first well drilled is one of the three sites of the Baringo-Silali geothermal project. A total of six geothermal wells will be drilled in Paka, Salini and Korosi.
It is expected that each site of the Baringo-Silali geothermal project will have a power plant that will use the steam emitted from the subsoil heat to run its turbines, providing 100MW. It is estimated that the Baringo-Silali geothermal site can produce up to 3,000MW.