African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo): The African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo) Project is a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project being implemented by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). ARGeo was officially launched in November 2010 at the opening session of the Third African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo-C3) in Djibouti.
The ARGeo project aims at supporting the development of the large untapped geothermal resource potential in the Eastern Africa region with the main objective of reducing the risks associated with the resource’s exploration. ARGeo also aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by promoting the adoption of geothermal energy in the region.
ARGeo will also help demonstrate that the resource is reliable, cost effective and indigenous as compared to other sources of power in the Eastern Africa region. The utilization of the resource in agriculture and industry will also be promoted.
The ARGeo objective is to encourage both Private and Public developers to accelerate development of geothermal resources in East Africa. The GEF funded UNEP-ARGeo project has six member countries including Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Furthermore, under the framework of “Regional Networking and Capacity Building Components”, ARGeo targets an additional seven geothermal potential countries, including Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia.
ARGeo-C7: The Government of the Republic of Rwanda will host the Seventh African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo-C7) in partnership with UN Environment, Ministry for Foreign Affairs Iceland, Directorate for International Development Cooperation (MFA-ICEIDA), The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Geothermal Training Programme of the United Nations University (UNU-GTP), African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Regional Branch (ARB) of the International Geothermal Association (IGA).
The conference will be held at the Kigali Convention Center in Kigali, Rwanda from 29 October – 4 November 2018.
The theme of ARGeo-C7 is: “Geothermal: Solution to Africa Energy needs”. The main objective of this conference is to promote regional cooperation, create an information exchange platform on exploration, development, investment and utilization of the geothermal resources ion the region and elsewhere in the world. This international conference will bring together policy makers, technical experts as well as developers and financiers of international and regional delegates.
The conference will provide a platform to explore solutions how to: (i) mitigate the risks associated with resource exploration, (ii) attract private developers to fast track geothermal development, (iii) reduce lead times in developing geothermal projects, (iv) to leverage investment to stimulate the growth of industry, and (iv) to effectively develop, construct, and operate successful geothermal power plants.
The Conference will also provide opportunities for exhibitors to show their projects, products, equipment and services. It will also be an opportune time for business networking with lead personalities and institutions in the geothermal sector from Africa and the rest of the world.