Geothermal Cooperation with Tanzania

16.12.2015

A cooperation agreement has been signed for support to geothermal development in Tanzania under the joint NDF and ICEIDA Geothermal Exploration Project. The main objective of the Geothermal Exploration Project is to assist countries in East Africa to enhance geothermal knowledge and capacity in order to enable further actions on geothermal utilization in the respective countries. This includes support during the high risk exploration phase of geothermal development and capacity building.

The agreement was signed with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals Tanzania but the implementing agency is the Tanzania Geothermal Development Company (TGDC).  The objective of the cooperation project is to enhance knowledge of selected geothermal areas in Tanzania, including Luhoi, Ngozi and Kiejo-Mbaka, with identification of potential sites for exploration drilling if applicable and improved capacity in Tanzania to advance geothermal energy production in the country.  The project places particular emphasis on capacity building for Tanzanian experts, which is both carried out through hand-on training during surface exploration as well as with lectures on methods and interpretation. The project will also assist TGDC to build up their capacity in project management and planning as well as geothermal drilling.

A few international institutions are currently  working on geothermal development with Tanzania, including African Development Bank, the World Bank and UNEP. The ICEIDA/NDF support has been organized in coordination with other programmes and at the beginning of December ICEIDA participated in a workshop organized by the World Bank in Dar es Salaam where the project was introduced.