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Kenya’s President commissions GEG wellhead plants

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During Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit last week to Olkaria for the official groundbreaking for the Olkaria V geothermal project, accompanied by Kenya Electricity Generating Company’s (KenGen) senior management, the President also visited OLK-15 the latest geothermal wellhead plant delivered and built for KenGen by Green Energy Geothermal.

Green Energy Geothermal (GEG) has in the past 4 years designed and delivered 15 wellhead plants to KenGen, which in total provide output capacity of more than 81 MW, representing some 12% of the entire installed geothermal power generation capacity of Kenya.

And in a special ceremony signifying the completion of the 15th geothermal wellhead power plant, he unveiled a plaque commemorating the day and stressed the importance of private sector investment for Kenya’s geothermal development, describing GEG’s wellhead plants as “a unique technology to harness geothermal power, which has reduced the duration between the first drilling of a well and installation of a geothermal plant from five years to two years.”

Interviewed following his meeting with President Kenyatta, Terje Laugerud, CEO of GEG said “we at GEG were proud to show the President the plant and highlight the support we have provided to KenGen in its ambitious geothermal development activities and we look forward to continuing our work in Kenya, supplying our geothermal wellhead plants and helping to speed up the development of power to the national grid”