Uganda govt to establish geothermal dept - report

(SeeNews) - Jan 15, 2014 - Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development plans to set up a Geothermal Resources Department that will be responsible for developing the country’s geothermal potential, Malaysian news agency Bernama said Monday.

The department will help fast-track the development of geothermal energy. Kenya and Tanzania have already set up entities with similar functions.

The news agency cited Vincent Kato, principal geologist at the department of geological survey and mines, as saying that the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) has provided technical assistance to assess all sites with geothermal potential in Uganda and identify the one offering the highest potential for future development. The organisation has visited 17 locations in southwestern and western Uganda in seven districts.

The government of Uganda will begin surface studies in Panyimur, Nebbi District, the village of Kibiro in Hoima, Katwe-Kikorongo, Kasese district and Buranga in Bundibugyo-Ntoroko. It will also explore the geothermal potential in other locations and create a database. Seven companies have been issued licences to perform drilling works.

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