Development of geothermal knowledge in Kenya



EFLA Consulting Engineers and the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) have signed a cooperation agreement on a project related to geothermal exploration in Kenya. The project involves reviewing the concept model of the Suswa geothermal area in Kenya, propose drilling targets for exploratory wells, as well as assisting and training the employees of the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) in field surveys and in creating concept models for geothermal areas.

The project is a part of ICEIDA's plan to support geothermal exploration and to enhance geothermal knowledge and capacity building in East Africa. The project is funded jointly by ICEIDA and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF).

EFLA was awarded a consulting contract by ICEIDA following a international competitive bidding process. Work on the project commenced in the end of June 2015. 

The Suswa geothermal area is located in the Great Rift Valley, about 100 km from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. The area is located at over 2000 metres altitude and is believed to be able to sustain up to 600 MW of power production.

The accompanying picture, which was taken at the signing of the agreement, features: Rúnar Magnússon, division manager of geothermal power and the project manager for this project, Guðmundur Þorbjörnsson, managing director of EFLA, Engilbert Guðmundsson, director of ICEIDA and Davíð Bjarnason, project manager at ICEIDA.