Geothermal energy will boost Kenya’s food security

GDC will utilize geothermal energy to boost food security in Kenya, the Managing Director & CEO Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe has reaffirmed.

The CEO has noted that GDC will strongly support the use of geothermal energy in food production and processing. He said this in Iceland at the ongoing 4th Icelandic Geothermal Conference.

In his presentation,Direct Use of geothermal energy for food security, the CEO pointed out the Loita Plains, Nakuru and the Baringo-Silali Geothermal Block as having great potential food production using geothermal technologies.

“Geothermal will be a key enabler for the BIG4 Pillars. Direct use of geothermal will support the pillar on food security,” the CEO explained.

Apart from heating green houses and using condensate for irrigation, GDC is also pursuing interests in grain drying using geothermal heat, which is far much cheaper than the use of fossil fuel. Affordable and appropriate drying will prevent massive post-harvest losses. Other potential ventures include milk pasteurization and heating of aquatic ponds.

Further, the CEO explained that GDC will support the establishment of industrial parks next to geothermal projects. This will open more opportunities for investment and jobs.

Meanwhile, yesterday Eng. Ole Nchoe held bilateral talks with Ms. Maria Erla Marelsdottir, Director General for International Development Cooperation in Iceland.

Bumper harvest…Managing Director & CEO Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe (second right) accompanied by Manager, Direct Use Ms. Martha Mburu admires freshly harvested capsicum crop at the Direct Use Pilot Site at Menengai Geothermal Project. The MD has told delegates in Iceland that direct-use of geothermal will ensure food security in the country. /GDC File Photo

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