The annual Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Short Courses VI on Exploration and Development of Geothermal Resources, kicks off on November 13, 2022. It will end on December 4, 2022. The course is organized and funded by GRÓ Geothermal Training Programme (GRÓ-GTP), Kenya Electricity Generating Company Plc. (KenGen) and Geothermal Development Company (GDC).
Eleven countries are taking part in the sixth edition of the course which brings together 44 students from Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Kenya.
“The response from countries is impressive,” says Dr. Robert Ogutu, the Ag. Manager GDC. “We’re looking forward to constructive engagement as we build a strong portfolio of African geothermal expertise. That is the only way to make Africa an energy-independent society.”
The three-week training targets young professionals in Africa with the aim of equipping them with useful skills in geothermal field to aid them in the development of geothermal projects in their home countries. The course also aims to address SDG 7 on access to affordable and clean energy through both in-class lectures and field experiments in actual geothermal settings.
The training will focus on the entire geothermal process from exploration to production. The students will be taken through surface exploration, geological mapping, geophysical mapping, temperature, and heat flow measurements, among other subjects.
“We’re on course. The committee, comprised of GDC and KenGen, has been burning the midnight oil to make sure that the training is a success and that our guests and students get the best experience and value ever in Kenya,” says Dr. Ogutu.