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Attending the ARGeo Conference in Addis Ababa/ Ethiopia

ARGeo 2016, view from the podium at the Opening Session (source: Alexander Richter)

The 6th African Rift Geothermal Conference has officially been opened today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Bringing together the geothermal community of Africa, it is the largest gathering for the industry in Africa every two years.

Currently, I am based in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia for the African Rift Geothermal Conference. This is my third ARGeo conference that I am attending, so it is exciting to meet old and new friends in the geothermal energy industry here in Africa.

With in excess of 500 participants, it is a great event showcasing the momentum for geothermal development in Africa.

Opened today, the conference was preceded by a number of short courses and the IGA Board Meetings, that I attended.

Having taken over the Presidency of the International Geothermal Association (IGA) yesterday, I had the honour to give a short speech and introduce IGA at the Opening Session.

The next couple days, the ARGeo conference will feature a series of country updates, technical and scientific presentations highlighting a number of development efforts in Africa.

Yesterday at the opening reception, the newly founded Women in Geothermal Africa made a splash and clearly showed an increasing role of women in the geothermal sector, particularly in Kenya.

Over the next few days I will be reporting on a variety of presentations that I will attend.