Short Course II on Surface Exploration for Geothermal Resources 2007

The Geothermal Training Programme (GTP) is operated within Orkustofnun (The National Energy Authority of Iceland). Orkustofnun became an Associated

Short Course II on Surface Exploration for Geothermal Resources 2007

held at Lake Bogoria and Lake Naivasha, Kenya, 2-17 November, 2007


2007 (16 days)



Total participants



  • ISOR (Iceland GeoSurvey)
  • Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen)


The basis of the course was the same as in 2006, but it was extended with additional lectures. The first week was spent on field work and was entirely handled by the KenGen staff, while lecturers from Iceland and neighbouring countries were involved in the second part of the course. In all, 30 trainees were invited from 10 countries in Africa plus Yemen. The participants came from Djibouti (1), Eritrea (2), Ethiopia (1), Kenya (13), Tanzania (2), and Uganda (3). New countries included Algeria (1), Egypt (1), The Comoros (2), Rwanda (2), and Yemen (2), the latter three participating in a UNU-GTP event for the first time. Yemen was included despite being on the other side of the Red Sea and thus in Asia, as it has common geological features with East Africa. The teaching was shared by 25 lecturers, five from Iceland and one from the five neighbouring E-African countries that were member countries of ARGeo facility, plus the local lecturers from KenGen. All except two of the African instructors were former UNU Fellows. The first week of the Short Course comprised field excursions and demonstrations and was located at Lake Bogoria in the Central Kenyan rift, whereas the second part of the course, comprised a series of lectures, demonstrations of computer programs and case examples, and visits to the Olkaria power plants, and was again located at Lake Naivasha. This extended course reached its purpose, as could be noted from enthusiastic and active trainees, who wanted to extend the course even more, mainly pointing at practical project work as missing, but even asking for a broader scientific background, e.g. by adding lectures on environmental science, reservoir assessment and drilling to give some insight into all aspects of exploration for geothermal resources.



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