Geothermal Power Summit

31 August – 3 September 2010

Conference Program Day 1

Wednesday 1 September 2010

Session 1.1

Keynote and opening session
Chairman: Patrick Nyoike, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Kenya

09h00 – 09h10

Opening address
Susan Kikwai, Managing Director, Kenyan Investment Authority, Kenya

09h10 – 09h30

Welcome address: How the Kenyan power sector will drive economic growth
Honourable Minister Kiraitu Murungi, Minister of Energy, Kenya

09h30 – 10h00

Keynote address: Yes, Africa Can! Moving to a green economy in Africa
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Kenya

10h00 – 11h30

Plenary panel: Expanding the energy mix for East Africa:  a comprehensive overview of the options available

This panel discussion/debate will feature representatives for ‘alternative’ generation technologies available to players in East Africa such as nuclear, coal, geothermal and renewable energy.  Each proponent of the technology will put forward a 10 minute argument why their generation technology is the most suitable for meeting the future generation needs of East Africa.  The audience is encouraged to provide alternative arguments either for or against each technology proposed.

Moderator:  Caleb Weggoro, Director of Productive and Social Sectors, East African Community, Tanzania

Panellists:

  • Nuclear: Idi Mkilaha, Director General, Tanzanian Atomic Energy Commission, Tanzania
  • Geothermal: Silas Simiyu, Chief Executive Officer, Geothermal Development Company, Kenya
  • Wind: Phylip Leferink, Director of Sales & Marketing, Vestas Benelux B.V.
  • Gas: Henry Aszklar, President,  AES Africa Power Company, United States
Session 2.2

Geothermal energy – fast forwarding sustainable power generation
Chairman:  Silas Simiyu, Chief Executive Officer, Geothermal Development Corporation, Kenya

13h30 – 14h00

Why Geothermal energy is the choice for East Africa
James Wambugu, Manager, Resource Development Geothermal Development Corporation, Kenya

14h00 – 14h30

Barriers to geothermal power development in the East African Rift Valley: Overcoming these challenges
Meseret Teklemariam: International Consultant on Geothermal Energy, Resource Person to Africa Union, Ethiopia

Presentation not yet available. Contact kim.jansen@spintelligent.com for further queries. 

14h30 – 15h00

Geothermal generation technology – choosing the best technology for your circumstances
Albert Mugo, Business Development Director, KenGen, Kenya

Session 2.3

Practicalities of developing geothermal power
Chairman: Eric Kaleja, Regional Director, DEG – German Investment and Development Company, Kenya

15h30 – 16h00

The role of the African Union in the development of geothermal energy in East Africa
Philippe Niyongabo, Head of Energy Division, Department of Infrastructure and Energy, African Union, Ethiopia

Presentation not yet available. Contact kim.jansen@spintelligent.com for further queries. 

16h00 – 16h30

The relevance of foreign practices in African power PPPs
Brigette Baillie, Partner, Webber Wentzel, South Africa

16h30 – 17h00

The operational considerations and capabilities of a geothermal power plant
Ernest Mabwa, Plant Manager, Orpower 4, Kenya

Presentation not yet available. Contact kim.jansen@spintelligent.com for further queries. 

Conference Program Day 2

Thursday 2 September 2010

Session 2.2.1

09h00 – 10h30

Regional geothermal stakeholders meeting
Hosted by: Philippe Niyongabo, Head of Energy Division, Department of Infrastructure and Energy, African Union, Ethiopia

Regional Geothermal Stakeholders’ meeting will include representatives of the 11 countries of the East African Rift System.

Issues to be discussed include:

  • Progress reports on agreed road map
  • Challenges and road blocks
  • Action plans and the way forward
Session 2.2.2

11h00 – 12h30

Regional geothermal stakeholders meeting
The Regional Geothermal Stakeholders’ meeting will include representatives of the 11 countries of the East African Rift System.

Session 2.2.3

14h00 – 15h30

Regional geothermal stakeholders meeting
The Regional Geothermal Stakeholders’ meeting will include representatives of the 11 countries of the East African Rift System.

Session 2.2.4
Closing session

16h00 – 17h00

Think tank: Driving development through skills development

This think tank panel will consider skills development and capacity building from the following perspectives:

  • Utility regulation
  • Sector financing
  • Policy formulation
  • Power System Planning and engineering

Moderator: David Mwangi, Chief Manager: Planning, Research and Performance Monitoring, KPLC, Kenya

Panellists:

  • Brian Mukongo, Training Manager, Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre, Zambia
  • Silas Simiyu, Chief Executive Officer Geothermal Development Company, Kenya