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Baringo to produce 3,000 Megawatts of Geothermal power

23 January 2014, 15:18 Wilshere

Baringo - The newly appointed chairman of Geothermal Development Company (GDC), Simon Gicharu has said they will start drilling power in Baringo County.

In his first visit to the region as GDC chairman, Gicharu said that once the process of drilling commences in March this year, they will be able to generate 3,000 megawatts of geothermal power.

“We will start the drilling process at Silale and we hope this project will unlock the economical potential for this County,” he said.

He pointed out that they have identified several areas in the County where they will be drilling the geothermal power, including Paka and Chepchuk.

Speaking on Wednesday afternoon at Kabarnet town during a courtesy call to Baringo Governor, Benjamin Cheboi, the chairman said the project will create employment for the County residents.

Gicharu also said that the project will start with the drilling of several wells in the area to address the biting water shortage.

He noted that they will also be producing more than 576,000 cubic tons of water per day which can be used to irrigate more than 57,000 hectors of land.    

“This is a project which will certainly change this County because we are seeking to employ more people from this area in the long run,” he said.

He further said that all the needed plans are underway to commence the project and that they will also be working closely with the county government of Baringo.

Gicharu said that the project will be generating KES 11.5 billion annually, with the County government getting 10% and community 5% of the income.

He further said that they will be producing carbon credit which is estimated at the value of KES 2.9 billion which will also be shared among the County government and central government.  

Baringo governor, Cheboi said the project will help eradicate poverty in the County since it will generate employment for County residents.

Cheboi said he will embark on agricultural training and irrigation to help the local residents to make good use of the water they will get from GDC.

“We are very grateful for this project because it will help us eradicate poverty from our midst,” he said.

The governor also said his government will be working closely with the central government to provide security for GDC during the drilling process.

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