Tetra Tech was selected to provide a rapid-turnaround, independent assessment of an ongoing geothermal exploration and drilling program, and steam well production analysis for the first 105-megawatt (MW) development phase of the Menengai geothermal project in Kenya. Our client wanted verification of geothermal well production rates and an assessment of geosciences, exploration, and drilling programs. Tetra Tech geologists, reservoir engineers, and geothermal commercial managers spent considerable time analyzing the drilling program and individual well production reports.
Tetra Tech’s work at the Menengai geothermal project helped our client understand the challenges in developing the Menengai Caldera geothermal field and identified any key issues or risks to moving geothermal development forward. Our client also wanted to identify areas for technical capacity building and best practices related to development programs at Menengai.
Tetra Tech reviewed technical data and commercial arrangements for the first phase of development, conducted a site visit, and worked directly with the client’s senior technical and management team. Our team found that the forecasted steam production capacity is more than sufficient to enable the first 105 MW of geothermal development at the Menengai geothermal field and that our client could immediately commence construction of the first phase of geothermal power plants.
Tetra Tech also provided professional geothermal commercial support to the client’s board of directors and recommended that implementation of specific laws and regulations pertaining to geothermal development in Kenya be expedited.