Chinese firms assist Kenya to develop geothermal power
24 November 2015, 21:35
Nairobi - Chinese firms are ready to
assist Kenya to develop its huge geothermal resources, a Chinese official said
Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa told an investment
conference in Nairobi that Chinese firms have the expertise required to tap
into the renewable energy source.
"Chinese companies are well prepared to partner with
Kenyan enterprises to assist Kenya to improve geothermal power production
ability," Liu said during the opening ceremony of the Second Edition of
the Kenya International Investment Conference.
Kenya is among top geothermal producers. Almost half of
Kenya's electricity supply now comes from geothermal resources.
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According to the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya has
a potential to produce over 8,000MW of power from geothermal sources.
Liu noted that an increasing number of Chinese provinces are
keen on Kenya development.
"This year alone, more than a third of Chinese
provinces have visited Kenya looking for further cooperation, which will
definitely bring more bright cooperative future between Kenya and China,"
According to the envoy, the upcoming Forum of China-Africa
Copperation set to take place next month in South Africa will provide a great
opportunity for both China and African countries to strengthen their