A 200-million-shilling Pan-African Geothermal Centre of Excellence training hub is set to be put up in Nakuru by the United Nations (UN).
The move comes about as a way of trying to fill in the skills gap that currently exists across the African continent.
According to theUnited Nations Environment Program (UNEP) manager, in charge of energy at the Africa office in Nairobi Meseret Zemedkon, the center would be opened by end of 2018.
“The Pan-African Geothermal Centre of Excellence will be used to train skilled manpower to handle the massive geothermal resources in the continent and help the continent power its vision through clean energy,” said Ms. Zemedkon.
Ms. Zemedkon said a skill gap analysis done in the region exposed a lack of critical expertise in the geothermal sector including scientists, engineers, geologists, and other skilled manpower. This is one sector that despite the fact that it brings great growth to the economy of a country, not so many people have ventured into it.
The center is set to train all the required manpower in the geothermal sector at an affordable cost and member countries which have been spending billions of shillings to send their employees in Italy, New Zealand and the US among other countries for training will have a big saving in their training budget.
The members are drawn from Rwanda, Burundi and African Union officials. Other countries which will benefit from the project include Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, and Comoros.