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Drilling for Lake Ngozi project in Tanzania expected to start in June 2016

Lake Ngozi, Mbeya, Tanzania (source: flickr/ Sara&Joachim, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 8 Feb 2016

The Tanzanian Geothermal Development Company is urged to start drilling first wells at the Lake Ngozi project in Tanzania by June 2016.

Reported today from Tanzania, the Minister of Energy and Minerals Prof. Sospeter Muhongo, has directed the Tanzania Geothermal Development Company (TGDC) that by June 2016, it must begin drilling three holes in the area of Lake Ngozi.

This is the first step before building plants to produce geothermal power. “We cannot continue waiting due to the elevated shortage of power the country experiences while Tanzania is among countries whereby the Rift Valley coverers huge area compared to other countries within a region,” he said.

Geothermal electricity is electricity generated by geothermal energy. Technologies in use include dry steam power stations, flash steam power stations and binary cycle power stations. Geothermal electricity generation is currently used in 24 countries, while geothermal heating is in use in 70 countries.

The Minister explained that according to a research conducted in the field, it proved that the water temperature is immense, between 230 and 250 Centigrade enough for electricity generation, hence could be a new and important new source of renewable electricity.”

Source: AllAfrica