The Greater Olkaria Geothermal Area is located in the Rift Valley about 120km from Nairobi. The field occupies an area of about 204KM² and the area currently under utilization is about 24KM². The estimated resource size is about 80KM².
KenGen has been granted the license by the Government of Kenya to develop the Olkaria field which has an estimated potential of about 1200MW out of which, 155MW is developed and operated by KenGen and 52MW is developed and operated by Independent Power Producers (IPPs) leaving undeveloped resource potential of about 990MWe.
The Drilling Program
With funding from the Government of Kenya, KenGen commenced extensive drilling activities at the Olkaria field in 2006, and to date, a total of 63 wells with a steam capacity equivalent to 442.7MW have been drilled.
About 320MW equivalent of steam would be dedicated to the development of the 280MW of the Olkaria I Unit 4&5 and the Olkaria IV Project currently under construction and scheduled for commissioning in the year 2014.
A detailed drilling program for the development of the next phase of 560MW has been commenced and will be executed continuously until the year 2018.
The proposed 560MW Geothermal Project Pipeline KenGen plans to develop up to 560MW of Geothermal Power Plants at the Olkaria field in phases of 140MW each through Public Private Partnerships (PPP).
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is a limited liability company, registered under the Companies Act of the laws of Kenya. The Company was incorporated in 1954 with its core business being development, management and operation of power generation plants. KenGen is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange and it is owned 70% by the Government of Kenya, and 30 % by the public.
Currently, the Company is the leading electric power producer in Kenya with an installed capacity of 1,232.5MW equivalent to about 80% of the national capacity.
KenGen utilizes various primary sources of energy to generate electricity ranging from hydro, geothermal, thermal and wind. KenGen geothermal strategy is to develop 1,300MW by 2018. About 155MW has already been developed and the next phase of 280MW capacity will be commissioned by September 2014.