German BGR supports aerial imaging work for early exploration at Silali, Kenya

German BGR supports aerial imaging work for early exploration at Silali, Kenya 45 MW Olkaria I geothermal power plant, Kenya (source:
Alexander Richter 10 Oct 2011

The German Federal Institure for Geoscience and Natural Resources (BGR) will start work on a new project that will explore the geothermal potential at the volcano of Silali in Kenya through aerial thermal imaging for early exploration work.

Reported last week in Germany, the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (Bundesanstalt fuer Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, BGR) will start a new geothermal project at the beginning of November. As part of the “GEOTHERM program”, BGR will support the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) in the exploration of geothermal resources in the northern Rift VAlley region.

The region around the volcano Silali in the east African rift valley will be flown over with thermal camera. Together with satellite pictures and thermal pictures, it is possible to derive geological information, that allow more rapid and focused exploration work. GDC will use this process to explore further potential geothermal sites int he northern Rift Valley.

The project is financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany as part of the GEOTHERM program, which supports several partner countries since 2003. The program provides support on analytical, strategic and technical steps in the utilization of geothermal in selected developing countries. This includes help in overcoming the exploration risk, high up-front capital cost among others.

Source: Hannover Zeitung (in German)