In Africa, AfDB and CIF report on African climate-smart investments; Djibouti signs a geothermal agreement with Mexico; Kenya expects to build 12 new geothermal wells per year.
AfDB and CIF Report on African Climate-Smart Investments
African Development Bank (AfDB)’s second semi-annual report notes as a country making bold moves that “Kenya is one of the world’s first nations to shift its energy mix to include first-ever geothermal as a primary energy driver.” The Bank along with the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have eight projects under implementation — in Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger and South Africa, backed by US $420 million CIF funding and US $1.1 billion of AfDB own funding (Afdb.org, PDF; Oleafrica.com). CIF press states expected results: “6.9 million tonnes of CO2 emissions will be avoided every year, 1.3 million households and businesses will get new access to power, nearly 42,000 hectares of land will be newly dedicated to climate-resilient activities, and 150,000 farmers will gain access to climate information, including 50,000 women farmers and 3,000 villages.”
Djibouti: Geothermal Agreement Signed with Mexico
Djibouti’s Energy Minister Ali Yacoub Mahamoud and Mexico’s Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell signed an agreement this week focusing on geothermal development in four areas: (1) exploring resources and developing conceptual models; (2) engineering skills in well exploration; (3) supplying technology for testing fluids; and (4) developing geothermal sites and fully utilizing energy produced by geothermal firms. “Our country, which currently uses 65 percent of hydroelectric energy that is supplied from neighboring Ethiopia, intends to be the first African country to use 100 percent green energy by the year 2020,” Mahamoud is quoted at Coastweek.com
Kenya: 12 New Wells Expected Each Year
KenGen has seen a two per cent drop in steam production annually. Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Simon Ngure says the company will drill new wells and has plans to drill 12 each year for rising demand and sustainability, reports local news Standardmedia.co.ke