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Africa Joins Others In Tapping Geothermal Resources for Energy

The amount of heat within 10,000 meters (about 33,000 feet) of earth's surface, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, "contains 50,000 times more energy than all the oil and natural gas resources in the world." To address Africa's current and future energy needs, the African Development Bank (AfDB), in a "New Deal on Energy for Africa," wants to help the continent get its hands on all its energy resources, including the15 gigawatts of geothermal energy under the surface. More on the AfDB in this BRIEFING

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To address Africa's current and future energy needs, the African Development Bank (AfDB), in a "New Deal on Energy for Africa," wants to help the continent get its hands on all its energy resources, including the15 gigawatts of geothermal energy under the surface. The Menengai geothermal development project, for example, is located in the Rift Valley, about 180KM northwest of Nairobi. Through the development, the AfDB seeks to harness the potential of the Menengai geothermal steam field in generating150 MW of clean, reliable and affordable electricity annually so as to meet the growing energy needs of Kenyan households, businesses and industries.

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