Kenya to Boost Geothermal Capacity

30 March 2010 (Last Updated March 30th, 2010 18:30)

The Kenyan Government said it plans to generate 5GW of geothermal power by 2020 after a drought cut hydroelectric output. State utilities are focusing on geothermal power and the country plans to invest about KES23bn ($298m) to lessen the impact of the prolonged drought, according to Bl

The Kenyan Government said it plans to generate 5GW of geothermal power by 2020 after a drought cut hydroelectric output.

State utilities are focusing on geothermal power and the country plans to invest about KES23bn ($298m) to lessen the impact of the prolonged drought, according to Bloomberg.

Geothermal power will generate electricity from heat stored underground.

Kenya Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi told Bloomberg that the country has potential to produce 7,000MW of geothermal power.