Partnership to foster Research and Development in Geothermal Sector

Research and the development of geothermal energy will receive increased attention following the sealing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 between Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Geothermal Development Company (GDC).

Under the partnership, JKUAT and GDC have agreed to enhance the capacity of staff and students in both institutions through training, interactions, exchange of experience and relevant information.

Speaking during the signing ceremony held at the University Main campus, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, hailed the partnership and assured GDC of JKUAT’s readiness in terms of ,among other things, readiness to provide the creative and innovative think tanks capable of tackling and executing the expected partnership deliverables.

The VC said JKUAT will support GDC efforts to undertake research in geothermal energy projects for the growth and mutual benefit of the two institutions and the country at large and further affirmed the University’s commitment to support research and development initiatives aimed at developing geothermal energy technology in the country. “JKUAT will participate in enhancing the capacity of the two institutions through training as well as exchange of experience and relevant information” the VC pledged.

Prof Imbuga also hinted that JKUAT will initiate consultations with the Energy Ministry with the aim of developing a curriculum that will guide capacity development for the geothermal sector.

On his part, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Geothermal Development Company Dr. Silas M. Simiyu, while sealing the deal on behalf of GDC, reiterated the mandate of GDC “to develop 5000 Megawatts from geothermal resources by year 2030.” Dr. Simiyu acknowledged JKUAT’s proactive role in human resource capacity building in the country, a fact he added had buoyed GDC into partnering with JKUAT.

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