Drilling rig on site at Aluto-Langano, Ethiopia (source: EEP) As reported from East Africa, Kenya’s Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) reported having completed drilling of the seventh geothermal well in Ethiopia.
KenGen was drilling wells at a depth of 3,000 meters under contract for Aluto-Langano geothermal project for state-owned Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP).
“I must commend our teams on the ground for successfully delivering to expectations despite the threats of COVID-19 and security situation in Ethiopia at the time of project implementation,” KenGen CEO Rebecca Miano said in a statement.
Being the leading geothermal operator with an installed geothermal power generation capacity of 713 MW, KenGen has also built up a service business to support geothermal development in countries in Eastern Africa through drilling, e.g. in Ruanda, Djibouti and Ethiopia. Kenya has a total installed geothermal power generation capacity of 861 MW, as per ThinkGeoEnergy’s annual Top 10 listing .
The company has also drilled three wells for the private geothermal project of Tulu Moye also in Ethiopia.
KenGen is now progressing on drilling of the fifth well for the EEP project at Aluto-Langano within the next couple weeks. In November 2021, KenGen started work on drilling three geothermal wells in Djibouti on a $6.05 million drilling contract .
Miano said the Ethiopian and Djibouti ventures are part of KenGen’s ambitious diversification strategy, in which the company seeks to acquire new revenue streams by offering commercial drilling services, geothermal consulting and other related services across Africa.
Source: News Ghana