SDG Short Course I on Exploration and Development of Geothermal Resources was held at Lake Naivasha, Kenya. The first week of the Short Course, which opened on November 10, was devoted to field work in the surroundings of Lake Bogoria in the Rift Valley. On November 16, the course moved to Lake Naivasha where the participants attend lectures on geoscientific exploration, environmental aspects of geothermal development, drilling, utilization, project planning and financial considerations. The lectures were complemented by field trips to the nearby Olkaria geothermal fields, laboratories, power plants and other destinations of interest to students of geothermal development. Three days were committed to project work, where the participants were presented with data from which they constructed conceptual models of two geothermal systems and interpreted the ideal locations for drilling in the different systems. The Short Course concluded on November 30.
This short course was part of the new series of short courses held in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in cooperation with KenGen and GDC. The series are a continuation of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which started in 2006.
In all, 61 individuals from 18 countries are participating in the Short Course. They come from Burundi (1), Cameroon (1), the Comoros (1), Djibouti (3), D.R. Congo (2), Egypt (1), Eritrea (2), Ethiopia (3), Malawi (2), Mozambique (1), Nigeria (1), Rwanda (2), Sudan (1), Tanzania (7), Uganda (3), Yemen (1), Zambia (2), and the host country Kenya, which has 28 participants.
The participants are passionate about the subjects being conveyed and show a lot of interest during question time. Surely many of them will be have proserous future in geothermal utilisation.