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Africa Geothermal Center of Excellence

GDC has setup the African Geothermal Centre of Excellence (AGCE). The Institute offers courses on all facets of geothermal technology including but not limited to drilling engineering, Geosciences (including Geology, Geochemistry, and geophysics), reservoir engineering, environmental management, HSE, steam-field management, project management and power plant engineering. The activities are aimed at building capacity for geothermal development in Africa. GDC already has a pool of experienced human resource in all areas of geothermal development and utilization. The Institute collaborates with the regional industry players and universities. Objectives of the Africa Geothermal Centre of Excellence • Develop human capacity in geothermal technology • Provide a pool of state-of-the-art equipment • Offer a pool of expertise in geothermal technology • Promote regional collaboration through joint research, workshops and conferences. • Promote the utilization of geothermal resources in the region. The Centre also facilitates research and sharing of information within the region. Trainees are drawn from member countries of the Northern Corridor Projects (Kenya, Uganda, and South Sudan). The other countries that will benefit from the Africa Geothermal Centre of Excellence include Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Tanzania, Burundi, DRC, Mozambique, Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia and Sudan). Affordable energy is a key enabler to the enhancement of the economic growth in Kenya and the eastern Africa region. Tapping the vast geothermal resources in the East African Rift System is the best alternative to the use of fossil fuels for powering the economies in the region. In order to achieve this, there is need to have adequate capacity including specialists in all aspects of geothermal development. Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has been mandated by the Kenya Government to accelerate the development of its large indigenous geothermal resources through prospecting for, exploring and assessing, developing and marketing geothermal energy. One of hindrances to exploitation of geothermal energy is specialized Human Resource Capacity. This is partly due to lack of available training institutions for geothermal sciences and engineering in the region. Compared to other professions, currently, there is no single institution dedicated to training of manpower for the Geothermal Industry. Most universities are providing the traditional generic courses in sciences and engineering that are not specifically tailored to the Geothermal Industry. Moreover, most professionals today in the region have been trained in Universities and institutes abroad. The cost of training in such institutions is not only prohibitive but is beyond the rich of many students from the developing world such as those found in Africa. Geothermal Human Resources Capacity in Africa Unlike other professions, currently, there is no single institution dedicated to training of manpower for the Geothermal Industry. Most universities are providing the traditional generic courses in sciences that are not specifically tailored to the geothermal Industry. Most professionals today in the region have been trained in Universities and institutes abroad which include • UNU-GTP, Iceland • Geothermal Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand • Institute for Geothermal Research, Pisa –Italy • University of Kyushu, Japan • UNU-GTP/GDC/KenGen Short Course in Kenya Areas of training 1. Geology 2. Geochemistry 3. Geophysics 4. Drilling Engineering 5. Reservoir Engineering 6. Direct Use 7. Environmental Management and Safety 8. Quality Assurance 9. Project Planning and Management 10. Energy Efficiency 11. Joint Research


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