Overview

Mount Longonot
In July 2009, the Kenya Ministry of Energy awarded Agil a Geothermal Resource License for the Longonot Concession Area in the Rift Valley.

Agil has been granted a license that includes the right to use the geothermal resource and carry out necessary activities to conduct geothermal operations for a period of 30 years, with an option for a five-year extension.  The Kenya Ministry of Energy requires the development to be economically, environmentally and socially responsible. The electrical output of the project will be sold to Kenya Power, under a Power Purchase Agreement.

So far, activities carried out by Agil include geoscientific field surveys, environmental and social studies, civil design surveys and a water supply options study. 

The geoscientific field surveys help define the extent of the potential geothermal resource and its characteristics.  This field program comprised a range of geological, geochemical, and geophysical exploration activities. The results strongly indicate a geothermal system suitable for power generation.

The development of the scheme will consist of the following:

  • a main power plant, with cooling towers, a turbine hall, transformers, a switchyard, and administration and maintenance buildings;
  • a steamfield, comprising pipes connecting approximately 17 well pads for wells that take steam out of the ground, or return condensed steam back to the ground; and
  • a series of connecting access roads around the site.

 

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