Interview: Phyllis Gathoni Mathenge, Drilling Engineer at GDC & WING

Meseret Teklemariam Zemedkun of UNEP-ARGeo and Phyllis Mathenge at the WING Africa reception, Addis Ababa 2016
Alexander Richter 11 May 2018

ESI Africa recently published an insightful interview with Phyllis Gathoni Mathenge, geothermal drilling engineer with GDC in Kenya and President of the Women in Geothermal (WING) Africa Chapter.

In a insightful interview with ESI Africa, Phyllis Gathoni Mathenge, Geothermal Drilling Engineer at Kenya’s Geothermal Development Company (GDC) and President of WING Africa (the African Chapter of the Women in Geothermal group), shares some interesting insights into her career and how to succeed in the geothermal sector.

Holding the unofficial title of being the first-ever female drilling engineer at GDC, your training has required you to undertake intensive local, international and on-the-job training to execute your duties efficiently and effectively in this highly skilled and specialised field. Now that you are in this position, does the learning stop there?

It was a new and exciting field for me and I loved the experience. I hold a BSc. Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Nairobi, and joined Geothermal Development Company (GDC), Kenya as a graduate trainee.

My first deployment was to the maintenance department as a rig maintenance engineer (electrical). I later moved to the more exciting field of drilling operations where I doubled as a shift supervisor. Currently, I am a drilling engineer deployed in the Menengai Geothermal Field in the Kenyan Rift Valley.

… for the full interview use link below.

Source: ESI Africa