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Uganda cooperates with consortium from the Netherlands to develop geothermal power

Peter Scheijgrond (MET-support), Dr. Stephen Isabalija (PS of Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development) and Jorn Leeksma (Netherlands Embassy in Kampala) (source: Embassy of Netherlands in Uganda)
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 6 Mar 2017

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the government of Uganda and a Netherlands consortium consisting of MET-support, IF Technology and TNO, to cooperate on the development of geothermal power in Uganda.

Last week, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the government of Uganda and a Netherlands consortium consisting of MET-support, IF Technology and TNO, to cooperate on the development of geothermal power in Uganda. Uganda has significant geothermal potential in the rift valley on the western side of the country.

In The Netherlands the development of geothermal energy is a recent success story. Growth rates of geothermal energy production are very high. In both countries geothermal energy is found in layers that have been drilled for oil and gas. This existing data is very valuable for reducing the risk of realizing geothermal energy projects.

To date no geothermal projects have been realized in Uganda. At the same time the need for renewable power in Uganda is high, not in the least because Uganda has a large rural population that lacks access to electricity. The primary objective of the cooperation is the assessment of the geothermal potential in the Panyimur area in the northwest of Uganda. The Netherlands Embassy in Kampala supports this project with funding through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

Here an overview over the project:

 

Peter Scheijgrond (MET-support), Dr. Stephen Isabalija (PS of Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development) and Jorn Leeksma (Netherlands Embassy in Kampala).

Source: Embassy of the Netherlands in Uganda (facebook)