8/6/2017

Verkís held a Short Course on Geothermal Project Management in Kenya

Verkís staff participated in an Introductory Short Course on Geothermal Project Management held in Naivasha during May 26-30 for 16 participants from Kenya Electricity Generating Company Ltd. (KenGen) and Geothermal Development Company Ltd. (GDC). 

The short course was organized by UNU-GTP and KenGen under the framework of the Interim Phase of the African Geothermal Center of Excellence (AGCE), with financial backing from the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs (IMFA) and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF). 

The course was organized in a similar manner as the short courses that have previously been held in Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya, and supported by the IMFA/NDF Geothermal Exploration Project. 

Verkís staff Snaebjorn Jónsson and Yngvi Gudmundsson collaborated with Anthony Ngigi (GDC), Peketsa Mangi (KenGen) and Reuben Langat (KenGen) to give both lectures and present practical cases to the participants.

Another short course on the Leapfrog Geothermal software was concurrently held in Nakuru, organized by GDC and partners.  Together, the two courses marked the start of the AGCE Interim Phase that is to last for two years, and after which it is expected that the AGCE will have assumed a fully organizational structure, operational capacity and secure funding as a regional training and capacity building centre. 

The African Geothermal Centre of Excellence (AGCE) has been endorsed by UNEP, ICEIDA/NDF (Iceland), AfDB, AFD (French), World Bank, USAID, UNU (United Nations University) and JICA (Japan). The purpose of AGCE is to contribute to the development of expertise required to accelerate geothermal development in Kenya and the Eastern Africa region.