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GDC setting emphasis on utilising geothermal energy to boost food security in Kenya

Managing Director & CEO Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe (second right) accompanied by Manager, Direct Use Ms. Martha Mburu at the Direct Use Pilot Site at Menengai Geothermal Project (source: GDC)
Alexander Richter 25 Apr 2018

Kenya's Geothermal Development Company (GDC) is committed to utilise geothermal energy to boost food security with food production and processing, as confirmed by the company's MD and CEO at a presentation during an IRENA Workshop at the 4th Iceland Geothermal Conference.

At a presentation during a workshop organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe, Managing Director & CEO of GDC confirmed his company’s commitment to GDC will utilize geothermal energy to boost food security in Kenya.

The CEO has noted that GDC will strongly support the use of geothermal energy in food production and processing. He said this in Iceland at the ongoing 4th Iceland Geothermal Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland.

In his presentation, Direct Use of geothermal energy for food security, the CEO pointed out the Loita Plains, Nakuru and the Baringo-Silali Geothermal Block as having great potential food production using geothermal technologies.

“Geothermal will be a key enabler for the BIG4 Pillars. Direct use of geothermal will support the pillar on food security,” the CEO explained.

Apart from heating green houses and using condensate for irrigation, GDC is also pursuing interests in grain drying using geothermal heat, which is far much cheaper than the use of fossil fuel. Affordable and appropriate drying will prevent massive post-harvest losses. Other potential ventures include milk pasteurization and heating of aquatic ponds.

Further, the CEO explained that GDC will support the establishment of industrial parks next to geothermal projects. This will open more opportunities for investment and jobs.

Meanwhile, yesterday Eng. Ole Nchoe held bilateral talks with Ms. Maria Erla Marelsdottir, Director General for International Development Cooperation in Iceland.

Source: GDC