Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Creating "African Lion" countries with geothermal energy

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
It has much of the idea of the 'lion' countries, imitating Asias made famous 'tiger' has been. There is no reason Africa should not behave like Asia - hordes of international businessmen should travel in air-conditioned offices and lavishly stocked bars in cities like Nairobi and Dar es Salaam well in my life. There are many thorns, this Lions paws must be removed. But I suggest that renewable energy sources, in particular geothermal potential, the energy and the electrification of the cultural offering his massive load, the Sahara needs to bring international partnerships and healthy and competitive economy, can help.

Foreign investment can provide the necessary advantage, but must eventually transition to a self-sustaining industry.

GeoPower Africa conference tackles this issue in July in Dar es Salaam. Mail flow on investments in the region a high ebb seemed to reach: a new geothermal energy project in Lake Assal, Djibouti was announced not one week after the Conference found to have closed its financiers, and the keynote event company, AfDB, joined in the $32 million project by the sustainable energy fund for Africa (SALIBA), the African Development Fund, the global environment facility, the OPEC Fund for international development (OFID) and the global geothermal energy development plan (GGDP).

Rwanda of NewTimes published soon after the event at the opening of the three holes for geothermal resources on July 19 to explore a piece. An interesting point to note is that KenGen said his move to the advice at the event, was contracted to do the surveying. Two points to note here: First, the highly desirable and praised African approach, Africans, the development of Africa in contrast to just with bits of land to foreign investors; Secondly, a positive example for African companies to develop its expertise so that it presents itself as a diversified energy supply companies can present a range of services. With a little luck will find KenGen even open offices within and outside the continent in the coming years. Ad hoc injections of cash and capacity can match the potential of real partnerships and domestic powerhouses.

Identify the individual characteristics of each country.

"Africa is too big, and its lands are too diverse to follow a script," said Rhonda Zygocki Chevron in a blog Huffington Post. Key in identifying lion core, are turning away from the idea of Africa as Africa the the entire sub-Saharan region for growth, stability and will pull. Americans and British deal with Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya and other countries as separate entities.

Investors in geothermal, like any other industry need to perceive a business case for the establishment of a shop in the African countries of the Lions. Lynn Tabernacki said of the United States overseas private investment Corporation (OPIC):

A number of countries are ready for accession in Kenya success in the area of geothermal energy. Of course, viable geothermal resources have a slew of countries in larger Rift Valley. These resources, contrasted against the high tariffs in countries instructed, at the diesel generating by attracting these markets from a business perspective. The leading countries are the ones who could draw public and private support to adequately to investors to avoid the perceived risks together however. For example, a country needs a regulatory framework of the sector energy supports investment and development. There must be proof also investors with an expectation of political stability and a corporate culture, the sanctity of the contract.We heard apart from Kenya of geothermal development in Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. I hope projects in all of these countries can be developed in a reasonable schedule that know, that experience has won Kenya each of the.

The right projects for the right countries.

It is time to demonstrate the high potential of sub-Saharan economies taking arrival on the major population in the region, they need through a well-managed energy projects. And many of these countries are plans to tinker.

The GeoPower-Africa Summit saw some constructive and honest input from KenGens Chairman Titus Kitili Mbathi and other expert members of the Board such as a geothermal energy project to get really. "Drill!" was the message. You must search survey, resources, then go back and drill. Surveying and consulting and auditing indefinitely - but if the project must move needs to be moved. The energy is there, as presentation of WWF later stressed. It has always been, it must be unlocked only.

These are the countries where companies to send their management development will, as soon as she've cut their teeth in Hong Kong and Singapore Raffles place? These countries are the the whole region towards the coveted investment rating upgrade will drive? And energy is the key?

Kenya is located in the area of geothermal energy, and the next hot markets are probably Djibouti, Ethiopia and Tanzania in particular.

"Booming economy of Tanzania is set to attract new FDI in almost all key sectors including infrastructure and energy. However, it is the energy sector, in particular renewable energy projects, which should accelerate direct investment in Tanzania,"said Albert Rweyemamu ATI about his homeland. "A greater role in the provision of the necessary financial resources and risk aversion support ambitious programs like the US initiative to play"power for Africa"and Pan African expect institutions such as ATI in clean power generation not only to Tanzania, but also for the entire continent."

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