• No_Ads
Business
Uganda to set up geothermal energy entityPublish Date: Jan 12, 2014
Uganda to set up geothermal energy entity
  • mail
  • img
Workers testing heat levels in the Lake Albert region
newvision

By Ibrahim Kasita

UGANDA will start a geothermal resources department in the ministry of energy and mineral development to develop underground energy for electricity production.

Geothermal energy is the heat from the earth and is recognised as renewable energy resources like hydropower and biomass.

The existence of recent volcanic activity in the western rift valley makes the region ideal for geothermal energy due to relatively high heat flow rates in the area.

“In order to fast track the development of geothermal energy, the Government is establishing a geothermal resources department,” Vincent Kato, the principal geologist in the department of geology survey and mines, said.

“This is awaiting a certificate of financial implication from the finance ministry. This department will steer geothermal energy development in Uganda.”

The creation of standalone geothermal entities is not new. Kenya established the Geothermal Development Company and Tanzania is forming an independent institution to do the same.

Kato disclosed that Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has extended technical assistance to assess all the geothermal resource sites in Uganda and rank the most prospective for future development.

“JICA will extend technical assistance to develop the highly ranked geothermal prospect. They visited 17 sites in south west and western Uganda in seven districts,” he said.

Kato said the Government is undertaking surface studies in Panyimur (Nebbi), Kibiro (Hoima), Katwe-Kikorongo (Kasese) and Buranga (Bundibugyo-Ntoroko) area.

“In addition, the Government is undertaking studies on other geothermal sites (stocktaking its geothermal resources), establishing and managing data bases and human capital development in Iceland and Kenya. So far 25 Ugandans have been trained in geothermal related disciplines.

“The Government is now procuring equipment to image the underground and locate the geothermal reservoir for drilling,” Kato said.

Seven companies have been licenced to explore for geothermal resources but all of them lack technical, financial and operation resources to explore and develop geothermal power.

 

They include Katwe Geothermal Power Project Ltd, Gids Consult Ltd, Cozumel Energy Uganda Ltd, Moberge Finance Ltd, Clean Source Energy Partners and Pawakom International Ltd and Ascot Associates.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
The raging war for EAC air space
A five minutes visit of Entebbe International Airport is a revelation of a raging war for the airspace between Kenya Airways (KQ ), Ethiopian Airlines, Air Uganda and the Gulf giants comprising Emirates, Qatar, Air Arabia and Fly Dubai, which enjoy unlimited market access from African governments....
Slow infrastructure development frustrates Namanve investors
Investors are agitated by the lack of coordination between government agencies and the slow progress of fixing the wanting infrastructure in gazetted industrial parks....
Embrace domestic tourism - minister
When Kampalans were told to exploit domestic tourism by minister of tourism Maria Mutagamba at Speke Resort Munyonyo, men craned their necks to take second glances at curvy ladies dressed in flowing saris and tight fitting Jeans trousers....
Uganda
The volume of flights, passengers and cargo, according to data from Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Entebbe International Airport are on a steady increase....
Uganda’s Cotton exports to increase, thanks to WTO
Cotton exports from Uganda are set to increase once the recommendations by trade ministers in the Bali 9th ministerial conference are implemented....
New laboratory to increase milk exports
Uganda is set earn more from milk exports following the opening of a testing laboratory that meets the International Standards (ISO) 17025 and International Dairy Federation requirements....
Is the return of Buganda Properties a sign of good Governance?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter