Why locals are opposed to GDC’s project

Residents of Ol-rongai and Kabazi wards of Rongai and Subukia constituencies respectively have opposed the proposed Phase 2 of Geothermal Development Company project at Tulbowmoi area. The irate residents told National Environment Management Authority-NEMA that they are against the project due to numerous negative environmental impacts to them. The locals led by Timothy Ng’etich cited air pollution, health hazards and displacement of over 30,000 locals as the main reason they are against the project. They also GDC for coming up with Environmental Assessment Impact report which was submitted to NEMA…

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GDC boosts county’s effort in cushioning locals amidst COVID-19

Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has joined other corporates in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. The Geothermal Company on Tuesday donated food and non food items worth Sh1.3 Million towards  cushioning families living around Menengai,Nakuru county. Speaking  when he flagged off the items at Nakuru County headquarters, Managing Director and CEO Eng.Jared Othieno said this will go a long way in addressing challenges faced by families during this COVID-19 pandemic. While noting that Nakuru county is a significant Stakeholder,the GDC Managing Director said as a company they felt time is now…

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Experts move to assess faultline effects in Nakuru

A team of geologists has commenced assessment exercise in an incident that led to the caving in of a section of John Momanyi Road in Shabaab,Nakuru. This even as preliminary report indicated that the road is on a pre-existing faultline. The faultline is traced from caldera to Nakuru. Paul Ngugi from Geothermal Development Company says they will partner with the county government of Nakuru as well as Kengen during the exercise. He noted that with the continued heavy rainpour the faults could be washed or moved leading to damages on…

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Eng. Jared Othieno appointed the new GDC CEO

Eng. Jared Othieno has been appointed the new Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Geothermal Development Company-GDC. According to a press statement from GDC signed by chairman John Njirani,the appointment takes effect on  19th April 2020. “On behalf of the Board of Directors of Geothermal Development Company (GDC), I wish to announce the appointment of Eng. Jared O. Othieno as the incoming Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of GDC” read part of the statement. The move follows the expiry of the term of the outgoing Managing Director Eng.…

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GDC reveals reason behind delays in power generation at Menengai Project

The Geothermal Development Company-GDC has done all that pertains it at Menengai Geothermal Plant towards generation of geothermal power. However, Kenyans will have to wait for the clearance of three Independent Power Producers in order to realize power generation. The three IPPs licensed by GDC include Orpower 22 Limited, Sosian Menengai Geothermal Power Limited (SMGPL) and Quantam East Africa Power Limited. They will be required to tap and supply power to the national grid from the Menengai Geothermal Project. This was revealed on Thursday when the Regional Development implementation coordination…

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GDC on spot for denying locals jobs

Conflict is looming between Menengai’s Geothermal Development Company and area locals over job opportunities. The locals claim the company has been neglecting them in terms of job opportunities and instead hiring people from outside the area. Speaking to the press at Maili Kumi trading centre in Bahati Sub County after holding peaceful demonstrations over the same, the locals from Wanyororo majority of whom are jobless youths said the company has failed to recognize them.Led by George Mukera, they vowed not to relent until GDC steps in to address their grievances.…

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Why Nakuru locals are up in arms against the Menengai geothermal project

More than 500 people living in Rongai and Subukia Sub Counties in Nakuru County have raised their concerns over the ongoing Geothermal Power project plan taking place at Menengai crater. The locals say the project has been running without any public participation as required by the law adding that the project is posing environmental and health risk. Speaking during a public participation programme at Olrongai Nakuru County the residents further showed discontent in how the Development Company is handling the matter after they failed to appear for the public participation…

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A boost to farmers as County partners with GDC to incorporate geothermal power in farming

Farmers in Nakuru County have a reason to smile after the County’s Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries has partnered with the Geothermal Development Company-GDC to fully incorporate geothermal power in farming. GDC plans to drill more wells in the densely populated and farming areas such as Ol Rongai, Kwa Gitau, Rigogo, Boito, Ngata Farm, Menengai Station and Kabarak. GDC Environment Manager Mr Gabriel Wetang’ula says the expansion will make it easy for the firm and partners to come up with more innovative ways of using steam from the wells.…

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All set for the production of Geothermal power in Nakuru

The Menengai Geothermal Project in Nakuru County will produce 105 megawatts of electricity upon completion of the phase one power plant. This is according to the GDC Chief Executive officer Eng.Johnson Ole Nchoe who says the project has reached a critical stage where the three Independent Power Producers are set to break the ground for the construction of power plants that will generate 105 MW. He spoke on Monday during a visit by Dr.Caleb Nyamajeje Weggoro-the Executive Director African Development Bank East African Region to the Menengai Geothermal Project in…

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