3. október 2013

Geothermal cooperation in Rwanda

The International community has shown increased commitment in assisting East Africa in building up the solid knowledge and infrastructure necessary for the harnessing of geothermal energy. Organizations such as KFW of Germany, the World Bank (WB), the Icelandic International Development Agency in collaboration with Nordic development funds, the French Development Fund (AFD) and others have allocated significant funding towards geothermal development in this area. Recently the Icelandic company Reykjavik Geothermal (RG) signed a contract with the European Union Delegation in Rwanda regarding the conduct of geothermal exploration at the Burundi, Rwanda and DRC border.

Iceland GeoSurvey (ÍSOR) has been the main consultant of the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA)and has, in cooperation with the European Union Delegation in Rwanda and the Great Lakes Energy Authority (EGL), prepared  a regional geothermal exploration project in the Bugurama/Ruzizi region in Burundi, Rwanda and DRC. In the above-mentioned contract ÍSOR, on behalf of ICEIDA, will provide technical assistance and support to EGL in their implementation role and to EUD as the contracting authority. Marc Buchmann, Head of Infrastructure at the EU Delegation in Rwanda is very pleased to have been able to award this contract and is thankful for excellent collaboration with ICEIDA and ÍSOR.  More information about this project are available on the ICEIDA website.

For years, experts from ÍSOR have been engaged in numerous projects relating to geothermal development in East Africa. Much of this work has involved training and providing education in most disciplines of geothermal research. In addition, a number of specialized research and assessment assignments have been accomplished in several countries of East Africa. More information about our projects is provided here.