Kenya’s state-owned power producer KenGen recently added geothermal consulting to their portfolio. Other African countries are on their way to geothermal success.
Geothermal Role in African Countries Increasing
An article on Renewableenergyworld.com follows up on the GeoPower Africa conference and geothermal energy’s role in several African countries that are seeing economic growth, and are expected to continue on that trajectory in the foreseeable future. Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Rwanda, Uganda are mentioned in particular.
The article notes “a positive example of an African company developing its expertise far enough that it can present itself as a diversified energy company offering a range of services,” in Kenya’s KenGen; the company mentioned their move into consultancy at the GeoPower Africa conference.
Albert Rweyemamu at ATI was quoted speaking about the particular importance of energy development his home country: “Tanzania’s booming economy is set to attract new FDI in almost all the key sectors including infrastructure and energy. However, it is the energy sector, particularly renewable energy projects which is expected to accelerate FDI flows into Tanzania. Ambitious programs such as the US ‘Power for Africa’ initiative and Pan African institutions such as ATI expect to play a bigger role in providing the necessary financing and risk mitigation support in generating clean power not only for Tanzania but also for the entire continent.”
Zambia: Drilling Begins at Kafue Basin
Geo Energy Limited signed a memorandum of understanding with the Zambian government in 2011 for geothermal exploration rights at Kafue basin and is now beginning drilling. Moses Banda, company director told press the company had been securing necessary documents in the meantime: “After delays, we finally got the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval last year,” he said. “We will drill wells of 350 m deep and depending on the results, we may do deep drilling in September.” Increased demand for electricity in Zambia has led to a search beyond hydro power, the country’s current main energy source. Postzambia.com; Renewableenergyfocus.com