Kenyan energy company drills another geothermal well in Ethiopia

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen)

The Kenyan electricity production company (KenGen) announced on Friday that it had completed the drilling of the seventh geothermal well in Ethiopia.

KenGen was drilling wells 3,000 meters deep under a contract for the Aluto-Langano geothermal project for state-owned Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP).

“I must commend our teams on the ground for successfully meeting expectations despite the threats of COVID-19 and the security situation in Ethiopia at the time of project implementation,” KenGen CEO Rebecca Miano said. in a statement released in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

According to KenGen, Kenya is the top geothermal power producer in Africa and among the top 10 in the world, with an installed capacity of 863 megawatts, of which about 713 megawatts comes from KenGen.

Miano said KenGen has now embarked on drilling the fifth geothermal well under the EEP project at Aluto-Langano and expects to complete the work within a fortnight.

KenGen announced in November 2021 that it had begun delivery work on three geothermal wells in Djibouti, setting in motion a 700 million shillings (US$6.05 billion) contract.

Miano said the Ethiopian and Djiboutian businesses are part of KenGen’s ambitious diversification strategy, in which the company seeks to acquire new sources of revenue by offering commercial drilling services, geothermal consultancy and other services. related across Africa. Final article

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