Kenya - Menengai Geothermal Development Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 14 Dec 2011
Signature Date 12 Mar 2012
Planned Completion Date 31 Aug 2020
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2020
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23220
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 78,093,154.27
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Menengai Geothermal Development Project is situated within the Eastern sector of the African Rift system, about 180 km northwest of Nairobi in Kenya. The project aims at meeting Kenya’s rapidly increasing demand for power while diversifying sources of power supply by developing the country’s huge geothermal potential. More specifically, the project aims to develop the Menengai geothermal steam field to produce enough steam for 400 MW power generation that will be generated by the private sector as an Independent Power Producer (IPP) or a Public Private Partnership (PPP). The project will be completed by July 2016 and will cost UA 324 million.

Project Objectives

The project will enable substantial increase in the provision of additional reliable, clean and affordable power generation capacity to Kenyan households, businesses and industries, with an increase equivalent to 26% of the current total installed generation capacity in the country. The steam field development will enable electricity generation equivalent to the consumption needs of up to around 500,000 households of which 70,000 in rural areas, 300,000 small businesses, as well as 1,000 GWh of energy to businesses and industries. The project will also help avoid close to 2 million tons of CO2 per annum. Access to modern energy will help improve health and education opportunities, particularly for women and girls. The project will also ensure an employment ratio of 30% women, which will be high for small town standards in Kenya. The transfer of the potable water facility to the community/municipality will have a direct effect in the empowerment of women who normally collect water for domestic purposes.


The direct project beneficiaries are located in the Bahati, Kiamaina, Wanyororo, Kabatini, Engoshura, Solai, Banita, Mashiaro, Menengai Hill, Valley Farm, Kiamunyi/Olive, Ol Rongai & Kwa Gitau communities within the project area. These beneficiaries include local households, businesses, and industries.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Geothermal Development Company (GDC)


IATI identifier 46002-P-KE-FZ0-003
Last Update 02 Dec 2022


Contact Details


Geographic Location

Country Kenya
Coordinates Location Name
-0.20858 36.0697 Menengai Crater