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Toshiba, Uganda Ink Deal on Geothermal Power Generation

The Olkaria II geothermal power plant in Kenya's Rift Valley.

Toshiba Corporation has concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) on a comprehensive partnership in geothermal power that will see both parties collaborate in power generation projects, cost http://chutneyrestaurant.ca/wp-includes/bookmark-template.php including personnel development.

The two parties signed the MOU on Saturday during the Tokyo International Conference on African Development 2016 in Nairobi, visit http://chamberhealthcoop.com/wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor-gd.php Kenya.

Under the terms of the MOU, recipe Toshiba will partner in the development and supply of major equipment for a geothermal power plant, create operation and management guidelines, as well as personnel development.

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During the development stages, Toshiba will contribute to the early construction of the plant, and to supply geothermal power generation equipment in the future. Uganda has rich geothermal potential, equivalent to 500 megawatts.

Currently, about 60 percent of power generation capacity in Uganda is from hydroelectric power, and government has often prioritized investment in construction of hydro power plants. Toshiba says that, adding geothermal to this investment will contribute to supply stability and the ability to meet rising demand stimulated by high economic growth-currently increasing at about 10% per a year.

“We are very confident that the Government of Uganda and Toshiba will create a strong Public-Private-Partnership to develop the Geothermal Energy resources,” said Toyoaki Fujita, Business Development Executive of Toshiba’s Energy Systems & Solutions Company.

Toyoaki added; “We hope to build a strong partnership with Uganda and to contribute to the development of sustainable power supply there. Toshiba’s Energy Systems & Solutions Company is a world leader in geothermal power generation and I believe that our established expertise can contribute to the geothermal power supply in Uganda.”

Reacting to this new partnership, Dr. Fred Kabagambe Kaliisa the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development noted that; “The development of Uganda’s geothermal energy resources is in line with our energy policy objectives of increasing power generation capacity and diversifying our energy mix in order to achieve least cost, affordable and stable energy supply”,.

Given its geological location within the rift valley, Uganda is potentially a geothermal country. The thinned earth crust is associated with high heat flow due to the thermal zone underneath it.

Previously, exploration and mapping surveys have been conducted in Kibiro (Hoima), Panyimur (Nebbi), Buranga (Bundibugyo) and Katwe (Kasese).  In addition, government supported several staff to acquire training in Iceland and Kenya to boost human resource capacity in the field.

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