The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has begun the drilling of three geothermal wells in Djibouti that will cost KSh0.7 billion. Drilling of the first well is projected to take about two months to complete.
The Djibouti project is the third mega geothermal drilling contract that KenGen is implementing in the continent.
In October 2019, the firm secured a KSh5.8 billion contract to drill 12 geothermal wells in Ethiopia. This contract, signed between the Kenyan firm and an independent power producer, includes installing a water supply system and equipment.
The firm has already completed the first drilling at the Tulu Moye site in Ethiopia while drilling the second well. Under this contract, KenGen will drill eight wells in the Ethiopian rift valley, each well costing about KSh630 million
In February 2019, the firm clinched a contract for consultancy services and drilling geothermal wells. This contract is worth $76.8 million. The electricity generator has also formed partnerships with countries such as Ethiopia and Rwanda in renewable energy development.
The company is considered among the world’s top 10 geothermal energy producers with a geothermal installed capacity of 706 MW.