Ministers and technical experts in Ministries of Energy and/ or Mines from the African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo) member countries, are meeting at the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for a High Level Geothermal Meeting.
The two-day meeting organized by UNEP in collaboration with the Government of Kenya, Geothermal Development Company (GDC), and Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is expected to raise awareness and sensitize high level decision makers about the unique development opportunities that geothermal energy presents and how member countries can benefit from ARGeo’s support services, to accelerate the development of their geothermal resources.
Kenya is a concrete example of a country making a transition to a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy. Using Kenya as an illustrative Geothermal success story, the ARGeo high level meeting is discussing among other issues, challenges and opportunities for development of geothermal resource in the East African Rift region, strategic approaches in development of geothermal resources, responses of various geothermal programmes to develop geothermal energy, country support for resource mobilization and financing of geothermal projects as well as best practices and lessons to be learnt.
Geothermal energy accounts for about 15% of Kenya’s current power generation in operation, with an estimated potential of 4,000 MW. Preliminary estimates along the whole African Rift indicate that there might be some 6 GW or more of geothermal potential in this region
The ARGeo project was proposed with a view to accelerate the development of this large untapped geothermal resource potential in the East African Rift region.
The meeting will lead to a common understanding of the objectives and outcomes of the ARGeo project and to the development of strategic partnerships and synergies with the other major geothermal support programmes in the region.
As one of its key outcomes, the meeting is expected to result in transfer of adequate knowledge about the objectives and outcomes of the ARGeo project, and development of a strategic framework for ARGeo projects in line with requirements of the other geothermal support programmes in the region.a
The meeting includes field visits to the Olkaria geothermal power plant for the High level officials from ARGeo member countries and Menengai geothermal fields for the technical experts.
Source – CSR Africa – Millicent Njeri / Press Release