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Djibouti to tap KenGen for expertise

Kenya and Djibouti have entered into a geothermal exploration partnership. Kenya, through the Kenyan Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), will help Djibouti explore renewable energy.

The coastal nation has capacity to generate more than 300 megawatts from solar and other energy sources. Djibouti President Ismael Omar Guelleh hailed steps taken by Kenya in advancing exploration of key resources when he toured Olkaria Geothermal fields in Naivasha yesterday.

Guelleh, who was accompanied by Energy Cabinet secretary Charles Keter and senior government officials from the two nations, said his country stood to benefit from the immense knowledge Kenya has on geothermal exploration.

KenGen chief executive Rebecca Miano said the Djibouti president’s Kenyan tour would enhance collaboration between the two countries in renewable energy development.

Miano noted that developments in Olkaria had been pivotal in elevating Kenya to position nine globally in geothermal power generation. “Kenya and Djibouti are strategic partners and this visit will enhance our economic cooperation specifically on the energy sector.

Our investment in geothermal power has already seen power bills reduce significantly from the highs last seen in mid-2014,” she said. She said Djibouti’s geothermal resources have been recognised for years adding that Kenya, through KenGen is willing and able to offer a helping hand on energy generation in Djibouti.

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