Kenya’s EAGP training and a new MOU with a Chinese company

An instructor talks about his role in the EAGP program. China has had success in Kenya geothermal, leading to a new MOU.

Kenya: EAGP Instructor Tailors Course to Kenya’s Needs
Kenya, China: Geothermal Success Leads to New MOU

Kenya: EAGP Instructor Tailors Course to Kenya’s Needs
The U.S.-East Africa Geothermal Partnership (EAGP), the partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), seeks to create opportunities for geothermal business in Africa and benefit African countries in need of electrification. Nate Lindsey, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, traveled to Kenya as an instructor with the program and writes about it on the ESD’s blog:

Lindsey writes about teaching young GDC employees: “We are tailoring this course to the East African geothermal audience. The examples, case histories and conceptual models that we focus on in Kenya, for example, were chosen because they share a likeness with the challenges that the Kenyan GDC is currently tackling,” says Lindsey. “Context is key—that should be the first lesson of any geothermal course. The second is to learn from the past.” By creating an educational package that targets the needs of the East African geothermal industry, LBNL and the EAGP hope to create opportunities for the US geothermal industry to work alongside East African scientists and businesses to bring low-emission forms of electricity to Africans who do not have access to electricity.

Kenya, China: Geothermal Success Leads to New MOU
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has signed an MoU with the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum on geothermal development and power generation. CNPC Greatwall Drilling Company (GWDC) has achieved a 100% success rate of geothermal well drilling in Kenya since winning a 2006 bid. CNPC will now develop local clean energy projects in efforts to help ease power shortages as well as promote the economy and social development of Kenya.

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