Energy Ministry Tours Kenyan Geothermal Plant

As one way of sensitizing and creating awareness of the great potential Uganda has with its yet to be exploited Geothermal potential, the Directorate of Geological survey and mines took a delegation of local leaders from Hoima District to visit Olkaria Power Plant, East Africa's biggest Geothermal power Plant in Kenya.

The Olkaria Area is a region located immediately to the south of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, Africa. It is geothermally active and is being used to generate growing quantities of clean electrical power. The region has an estimated potential of 2,000 MW.

The geothermal complex and power plants lie within the Hell's Gate National Park. The Olkaria volcanic area is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) from Nairobi.

Led by Mr. Kato Vincent, the Ass. Commissioner Geothermal Energy, the delegation was led on a guided tour of all the Olkaria power plants. Uganda’s Vision 20140 projects that Uganda will require 41,738 MW by 2040. It further indicates that generation of the electricity from nuclear and geothermal energy will play a critical role in meeting the electricity deficit in the long term.

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