Geothermal Training and Research Institute(GETRI)

Need for GETRI


One of the pillars in attaining Kenya’s Vision 2030 is provision of adequate and reliable energy supply. Geothermal has been identified as a potential resource as it is indigenous, plenty and “green”. The geothermal industry relies on a spectrum of professionals with varying technical backgrounds and experience. No geothermal training institutions exist in Africa. In spite of the high rate of the development of Geothermal Energy resource in Kenya, the development of Training and Research capacity, especially in the local universities has been hitherto lacking. This has led to a high dependency on experts from foreign universities and institutions to provide training and cover research needs.


For quite a while now, there have been discussions on the possibilities of setting up a geothermal training centre (in one of the countries in the East Africa region) to offer training in all aspects of geothermal technology from exploration through development to power station operations. The second aspect of the training centre was envisaged to serve as a research and scientific and engineering instrument pool for use by Eastern African countries to promote geothermal energy as a cheap source of renewable energy. Finally, such an institution would be used for data archiving. The data would include publications and reports on geothermal worldwide, activities in the region, an inventory of personnel with their expertise and available equipment in the region.


Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) has taken the challenge and established the Geothermal Energy Training and Research Institute (GeTRI). The institute has been founded as a response to an existing need in the geothermal industry (within Kenya and beyond) in developing capacity to exploit this energy resource. GeTRI is expected to become both the national and regional centre of excellence in geothermal training and research; offering the first-ever comprehensive program that brings together world-class experts to teach all elements of geothermal energy from resource discovery to utilization, including drilling, reservoir engineering, plant design, environmental impact and applicable business principles. Its core service areas include postgraduate training, research, publication, seminars & conferences in close collaboration with the geothermal industry, local and international universities. Initially, the Institute will have programmes at MSc level and, later, PhD level. The programs will continually be evaluated in line with the University’s strategic plans and the demands by industry. The trainings place emphasis on modern techniques of surface exploration, drilling, resource assessment and management; but they also offer sound knowledge on traditional techniques. Students are given a hands-on experience by being attached to either KenGen of GDC, the main industry players. At the end of the geothermal training program, the graduate is expected to:

  1. Have a common foundation in multi-disciplinary Geothermal Energy Technology knowledge, that supports Geothermal Energy management.
  2. Apply the acquired knowledge and skills to identify problems and provide solutions through relevant data collection analysis and interpretation to the various challenges of Geothermal Energy exploration & exploitation.
  3. Effectively participate in Geothermal Energy decision making process and effectively communicate in Geothermal Energy matters.

 

Background to Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy is heat from within the earth. This heat is continuously being produced by processes in the subsurface and stored in rocks. When cold water comes into contact with these hot rocks, geothermal reservoirs are formed which when drilled into and fluids brought to the surface can be used to produce electricity, heat buildings and greenhouses and for other purposes. The most active geothermal resources are usually found along major plate boundaries where earthquakes and volcanoes are concentrated. The East African Rift Valley that runs through Eritrea, Djibouti Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique is endowed with enormous amounts of geothermal resources as manifested by volcanic eruptions and geothermal manifestations (hot springs, fumaroles, geysers). This indicates the presence of a remarkable geothermal potential in the region and therefore presents an opportunity for major geothermal power developments in these countries.
A good number of these East African countries have taken keen interest in the development of geothermal energy. Kenya is leading in the region in the development of this indigenous resource, largely due to government commitment and well trained workers. In fact, it is among the 1st ten countries in the world that generates electrical power from geothermal resources, currently standing at about 273 MWe against an estimated total potential of over10,000 MWe. Olkaria geothermal field is so far the largest potential site with current installed capacity of 269 MWe from three power plants owned by Kenya Electricity Generating Company (155 MWe) and Orpower4 (110 MWe) and Oseria (4 MWe). Production drilling is currently taking place at the Menengai geothermal field for 125 MWe power developments. Detailed exploration and drilling are planned for prospects in Suswa, Longonot, Baringo, Korosi, Paka and Silali volcanic fields.
Apart from electricity generation, geothermal resources are also being used directly. Some of the projects on direct use include the Oserian flower farm which has a 50-acre cut flowers farm under geothermal heated greenhouses using 18MWth. Other direct uses of geothermal energy in Kenya include a spa and swimming pool at Olkaria geothermal project and at Lake Bogoria. Other minor uses are for drying pyrethrum at Eburru and water harvesting at Eburru and Suswa.
Ethiopia follows Kenya in development of this resource. A 7.2 MWe net capacity pilot plant was installed in the country which operated for a short while before encountering operational difficulties that were essentially due to lack of appropriate field and plant management skills. In the last couple of years interest has again picked up. The Aluto Langano Power plant is being refurbished, more wells being drilled in this geothermal field and elsewhere in the country’s rift valley.
Zambia has had a mini geothermal pilot binary power plant of 200 KW capacity since the 1970’s which was installed on the basis of limited exploration work. The plant, however, never became operational due to lack of trained manpower. Plans are now in place to restore the plant and make it operational.
Djibouti has drilled about six exploratory wells in the Assal geothermal field and intercepted a very high temperature system. However, due to the high salinity of the encountered fluids, the resource development has been delayed, till funds are available to apply proposed technical solutions to the salinity problem.
Other countries in the region have carried various but limited reconnaissance surveys. The geo-scientific studies have resulted in identification of viable prospects in each of the countries which have been given priority for exploratory drilling. Rwanda is currently drilling its first exploration wells.

Nairobi Campus

1.Master of Science degree in Geothermal Energy Technology

Minimum Entry Requirements

A holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Geothermal Energy Technology from DeKUT, or an equivalent qualification, which is recognized by the University Senate as an adequate prerequisite for the Masters of Science in Geothermal Energy Technology, will join the program in the second year of study.

Mode of Study

Part time

Duration

2 years

2.Post Graduate Diploma in Geothermal Energy Technology

Minimum Entry Requirements

a) A holder of a Bachelor of Science degree of at least second class honours, upper division, or equivalent qualification in a related field, like Geosciences, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, GeoSpatial Information, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics which is recognized by the University Senate as an adequate prerequisite for the Post Graduate Diploma in Geothermal Technology.

b) A holder of a Bachelors of Science of an Engineering degree (in any field), with at least Second Class Honours, upper division, from a recognized University in Engineering disciplines or equivalent qualification in a related field, like Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Civil Engineering, Geomatics, Chemical Engineering or an Engineering degree which is recognized by the university senate as being of equivalent academic status.

c) A holder of a Bachelor of Science of a Science & Engineering degree, with Second Class honours- Lower division in the Engineering disciplines outlined above and with at least 2 years work experience.

Mode of Study

Part time

Duration

2 years

 

Program Structure & Duration
The program will consist of mandatory units in the first year. In the second year of study, the students will take specialized units in their respective discipline and a research thesis, after which, they graduate with a Masters degree in Geothermal Energy Technology.
Each calendar year will consist of Three (3) Trimesters. The first year of study shall be devoted to coursework, project and examinations. Four (4) units will be offered in each trimester.

The second year of study shall be devoted to course work in the first Trimester and carrying out of a research activity and its presentation as a thesis in the other Two (2) Trimesters.
a) The Master of Science degree programme shall take a minimum period of Twenty Four (24) calendar months.
b) No candidate for the Master of Science degree shall be registered as a full time student for more than thirty six (36).
c) Each candidate shall take a total of 12 mandatory units in the First year. The Masters candidates will take six units, from which Two (2) are mandatory units while Four (4) units are chosen from the elective courses. That is, a maximum of Two (2) units from generalized elective category, and the other units from specialised elective category.

 

Entry Requirements
The entry requirements will consider diverse disciplines for admission to the Geothermal Energy Technology programs, taking into account previous trainings and industrial experience.

The following shall be eligible for admission for the Master of Science degree in Geothermal Energy Technology:

a) A holder of a Bachelor of Science degree of at least second class honours, upper division, or equivalent qualification in a related field, like Geosciences, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, GeoSpatial Information, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics which is recognized by the University Senate as an adequate prerequisite for the Masters of Science in Geothermal Energy Technology.

b) A holder of a Bachelors of Science of an Engineering degree (in any field), with at least second class honours, upper division, from a recognized University in Engineering disciplines or equivalent qualification in a related field, like Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Civil Engineering, Geomatics, Chemical Engineering or an Engineering degree which is recognized by the university senate as being of equivalent academic status.

c) A holder of a Bachelor of Science of a Science or Engineering degree, with Second Class honours- Lower division in the Engineering disciplines outlined above and with at least 2 years work experience.

d) A holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Geothermal Energy Technology from DEKUT, or an equivalent qualification, which is recognized by the University Senate as an adequate prerequisite for the Masters of Science in Geothermal Energy Technology, will join the program in the second year of study.

 

Examinations
a)    A candidate for the Masters of Science in Geothermal Energy Technology program shall be required to pass examinations in all units in the first year of study before proceeding to the second year.

b)    Each unit shall be examined at the end of the trimester, in which it is offered, in a three hour written examination paper except in units taken as projects for which examination shall be by presentation or written reports.

c)    The written examinations shall constitute 60% of the overall mark in each unit. The other 40% shall be made up of continuous assessment which shall comprise tests, practicals, assignments and projects or laboratory work. Or a unit can be all 100% practical.

d)    Each unit shall be graded out of 100 marks and the pass mark for each unit shall be 50%.

Director's Profile

Dr. Nicholas Obuya Mariita

Dr. Nicholas Obuya Mariita

Designation: Snr. Lecturer
Contact: 0723-297-815
School/Institute: Geothermal Training and Research Institute, GeTRI
Dept.: Geothermal Training and Research Institute, GeTRI
Email: nicholas.mariita@dkut.ac.ke

Academic Background

Qualification Institution Year
PhD in Applied Geophysics University of Texas,El Paso 2003
MSc. Applied Geophysics University of Birmingham, UK 1991
BSc. Physics and Maths. University of Nairobi 1983
     

Professional Qualifications

Qualification Instititution Year
Post Graduate Dip in Geothermal Energy  United Nations University, Iceland 1986

Areas of Expertise

  • Geothermal Energy

Work Experience

Dedan Kimathi University of Technology February 2013 - To Date Senior Lecturer & Director, Geothermal Training and Research Institute (GeTRI)
Kenya Electricity Generating Company 2008 –2012 Chief Trainer, Geothermal
Kenya Electricity Generating Company 1994-2008 Senior Geophysicist
Ministry of Energy 1986-1994 Geophysicist

Summary of Qualifications

I am currently a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Geothermal Energy Training and Research Institute (GeTRI) and involved in Planning and Implementing activities related to the Institute in all areas related to geothermal energy training and research. My job includes sourcing, preparing, evaluating and executing training and research proposals; I prepare GeTRI’s annual budget, including monitoring and controlling expenses.
Previously I worked at senior positions in the geothermal division of the Kenya Electricity Generating Company and the Ministry of Energy for a period of 29 years. I have a track record of accomplishments in the geothermal industry with a special focus on research and evaluation of geothermal development plans. Between the year 2009 and 2013, I was the Chief Geothermal Training Officer at the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen).

My doctorate degree in Applied Geophysics is from the University of Texas at El Paso, USA. I obtained my BSc. and MSc. degrees from the University of Nairobi and University of Birmingham, UK, respectively. In addition, I possess a Post Graduate Diploma in Geothermal Energy Technology from the United Nations University, Iceland. I have been involved in consultancy work in Zambia (2006), Uganda (2008), Djibouti (2007) and Rwanda 2009/2010) on geophysical and environmental aspects of geothermal resources. I have participated in organising several successful scientific conferences in Kenya, including the ARGeo-C4 and KenGen G2G Technical Seminar and am an active member of the Geothermal Association of Kenya as well as being its Executive Officer.

Before joining Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, I was a Part Time Lecturer at Kenyatta University, teaching Applied Geophysics to Masters of Science Students. One PhD and 5 Masters Students from the University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology and Kenyatta University, respectively, have gone through my supervision and successfully defended their theses.
My research interests are on understanding the drivers of change in Kenya energy intensity, including modelling studies aimed at understanding how the availability of extra electrical power affects growth and outputs of industries in Kenya. I have presented papers in workshops and also published several papers and reports. Some of these are:

Other University and National Responsibilities

  • Director, GeTRI
  • PI, Geopower Africa

Research Interests
Applied Geophysics/Energy/Geothermal

Affiliation/Membership to Professional Bodies
Ordinary member of the International Geothermal Association
Ordinary member of the Geothermal Association of Kenya
Ordinary member of the Geological Society of America
Ordinary member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Publications
1. Mulwa, J. K., and Mariita N.O. 2013. A comparative analysis of gravity and micro-seismic results from Arus-Bogoria geothermal prospect, Kenya. Scholarly Journal of Scientific Research and Essay (SJSRE) Vol. 2(6), pp. 77-84
2. Mariita N. O., and Barasa, J.P., 2014. Environmental & Social Impact Assessment of Geothermal Projects – A Case for Resettlement of Affected Persons at Olkaria IV Project, Naivasha District, Kenya. Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology for Development. Resubmitted after corrections.
3. Mariita, N. O., and Keller, G.R., 2007. An Integrated Geophysical Study of the northern Kenya Rift. Journal of African Earth Sciences, Volume 48, Issues 2–3, June 2007, Pages 80–94.
4. Mariita N. O., 2002. The impact of large-scale renewable energy development on the poor: environmental and socio-economic impact of a geothermal power plant on a poor rural community in Kenya. Energy Policy, Vol 30 Issues 11-12, pages 1119-1128.

Papers presented in Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
1. Mariita N. O., 2015. Status and Challenges in Training on Geothermal Energy in Africa. Proceedings of World Geothermal Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 2015.
2. Mariita N. O., 2014. Collaboration between Industry and Universities in Geothermal Energy Training in Africa - a case for Dedan Kimathi University of Technology. Proceedings 5th African Rift Geothermal Conference 2014, Arusha, Tanzania.
3. Mariita N. O., 2012. Bridging the Skills Gap: Addressing the Lack of Technological and Professional Expertise in the Geothermal Sector - Kenya’s Experience. Proceedings 4th African Rift Geothermal Conference 2012, Nairobi, Kenya.
4. Mariita N. O., 2010. An Update on Applications to Direct-uses of Geothermal Energy Development in Kenya. Proceedings World Geothermal Congress, Bali, Indonesia, 2010
5. Mariita N. O., 2008. Contribution to Vision 2030 through Enhanced Geothermal Energy Expansion. Proceedings Kenya Energy Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, 2008.
6. Mariita N. O., 2008. The Role of the Geophysicist in the Geothermal Industry. Proceedings Institute of Engineers in Kenya International Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, 2008.
7. Mariita, N. O., 2007. Status and Overcoming Barriers to Collaborative Research Between KenGen, National Laboratories and Universities. Proceedings Third KenGen Technical Seminar, Nairobi, Kenya, 2007.
8. Mariita N. O., 2000. Application of Precision Gravity Measurement to Reservoir Monitoring of Olkaria Geothermal Field. Proceedings World Geothermal Congress, Kyoto, Japan, 2010.

Other Academic and Professional Achievements

  • I am currently the Executive Officer of the Geothermal Association of Kenya.
  • I have been a team member of organizing committees for local and international conferences and seminars
  • I coordinated the annual Short Course on exploration for geothermal resources, sponsored by the United Nations University between 2005 and 2012
  • Between 2006 and 2012 I was in charge of consultancy geothermal exploration works contracted to KenGen in Djibouti, The Comoros, Uganda and Rwanda.

Research
a)Ongoing/Completed Researches
-GeoPower Africa
-Health, Water and Sanitation
-Energy efficiency and cost effective power generation
-Post Graduate training in Engineering programs

b) Research funding:

Period Research Area Brief Project Description Financiers Amount (USD)
2014- 2017 GeoPower Africa Identifying and mapping low enthalpy geothermal areas along the EAR for small scale power generation for rural communities. USAID 300,000
2013-2016 Health, Water and Sanitation Understanding the Environment and promoting health in Lake Baringo/Bogoria Drainages Basin Kenya National Council of Science Technology and Innovation 70,000
2012-2015 Energy efficiency and cost effective power generation Improved Geothermal discharge facility with low noise generation and reduced brine carryover Kenya National Council of Science Technology and Innovation 117,000
2014-2017 Post Graduate training in Engineering programs Training of academic staff in Public Universities, Public Technical Training institutions and Corporations. I drafted a successful bid for DeKUT African Development Bank through the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology 1,000,000

Postgraduate Thesis Supervision and Examination
i)    Doctorate
Josephat Mulwa Kyalo Josephat (2011) – University of Nairobi – dissertation entitled “Integrated geophysical studies of the Lake Bogoria Geothermal Prospect”.

ii)    Masters
1. Sirma Chebet Ruth – Egerton University (2015) – thesis entitled “An Integrated Analysis of the Geothermal Potential of the North West Olkaria Field using Magnetotelluric (MT) and Transient Electromagnetics (TEM)”.
2. Muthuuri Mathew Arthur – Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (2015) - “Three Dimensional Inversion of MT Resistivity Data to Image Geothermal Systems: Case Study, Korosi Geothermal Prospect”.
3. Namaswa Solomon - Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (2015) - “Characterization of Natural Radioactivity Systematics In Olkaria Geothermal System: Environmental Implications”.
4. Gichira Joseph Muthii – Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (2015) - “Identifying Permeability Controls By Use Of Gravity 5. Mwakirani Raymond Mwalugha – Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (2015) -“Resistivity Imaging of Geothermal Resources Using 1D and 3D MT Inversion - Case Study Suswa Volcano, Kenya”.
5. Omiti Ammon Ojwang – Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (2015) – “Investigation of Geological Structures using Electromagnetic and Gravity Methods on Petrel Platform”
6. Nahshon Nyambane - University of Nairobi (2014) - Thesis entitled “Optimization of Olkaria II Geothermal Power Plant by Hybridization of Cooling System through Energy and Exergy Concepts”.
7. Namaswa Solomon Wangila – Kenyatta University (2012) – thesis entitled – “Mapping of Nakaporon Fault in Korosi Geothermal Prospect”.
8. Abuga Vincent - Kenyatta University (2011) - Thesis entitled “Geophysical Investigation of Mbeu Iron Ore deposit in Meru County using gravity method”.
9. Langat Kipkemoi Geofrey - Kenyatta University (2011) – thesis entitled “Gravity survey for Geothermal Exploration in Menengai area, Kenya”.
10. Daniel Saitet - Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (2011) - thesis entitled “Conceptual Model of Menengai Geothermal Prospect –an update from new MT and TEM data”.
11. Nganga B. Wangombe - Kenyatta University (2011) – thesis entitled “Estimation of fracture parameters using thermal decay of flourescene numerical modeling”
12. Moustapha Kassim - Kenyatta University (2011) - thesis entitled “Magnetic studies of iron ore mineral deposits in Mbeu area, Meru County.
13. Adero Otieno - University (2011) – thesis entitled “Investigations into the permeability and tectonic lineaments of Homa Hills geothermal prospect using magnetic method.
14. Odek Antony - Kenyatta University (2010) – thesis entitled “Mapping Geothermal Heat Source in Homa Hills using gravity technique.
15. Kemei Kiprotich Josephat- Kenyatta University (2010) – thesis entitled “Ground Magnetic survey for Geothermal Exploration in Menengai area, Kenya”.

GeTRI programs are expected to be in high demand due to their high quality and relevance. Our students are provided with a friendly environment that is sensitive to their needs. Three types of students have shown interest in the programs at GeTRI, namely, those from industry (geothermal companies), continuing students of DeKUT and those from other institutions who want to specialise in geothermal energy technology. It is expected that, in the foreseeable future, the bulk of the students will come from both the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) and Geothermal Development Company (GDC). For cost effectiveness a class of 20 to 25 participants is planned for the Master’s degree during the first few years. The institute is expected to have a student population of more than 100 students in the coming few years, including high calibre students from all over the African Continent; thus providing its students with a rich multi-cultural experience.

Bonface Kipkorir Cheruiyot

Bonface Kipkorir

I graduated from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology with BSc Mechanical Engineering in 2006. I am currently working for the Kenya Electricity Generating Company as an Operations engineer in the power plant at Olkaria II Station since 2012. My job entails daily monitoring and overall supervision of power generation at this station, while adhering to the standard of practice. Previously I have worked with the Kenya Defence Forces in various capacities where I rose to the rank of a Captain. After being commissioned from the military academy, I got posted to the Defence forces technical college where I became an instructor. My first appointment was an instructor at electrical and instrumentation squadron. Then I got appointed as a systems manager before finally being posted to Laikipia Air base as an Officer Commanding an Engineering squadron that manages a fleet of aircrafts for mainly servicing and for effective maintenance. At the Defence Forces I was also involved in designing and fabrications of various structures. Before joining the Kenya Defence Forces, I had worked for various organizations, including the Ministry of Local Government as an Assistant Engineer.
I have interests in Journalism. At the Defence Forces, for example, I revived a defunct college journal (Defence Forces Technical Journal), together with a team of five other editors had it published.
Currently I am per suing MSc. Geothermal Energy Technology at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT). I chose to undertake this course because, it is tailor made for me and suit my career and knowledge enhancement in my interest area of power plant operation and electricity generation activities. Dekut is the only University in Kenya offering this course. My aspirations are as high as the sky. Firstly, with the knowledge acquired from this course, I do believe I will greatly leverage on it to better my skills, enhance good management practice and undertake more and better innovations in my career.
I also aspire to head the Operations department of Kenya Electricity Generating Company in due course as I am equipped with the right technical and managerial skills for this job. Later I would wish to join the Ministry of Energy as a technical advisor on energy matters as one of its committee members. I would also wish to join other fellow engineers in Africa and the world as a whole in coming together to solve the human energy needs. My area of research interests are in Optimization of Kinetic Energy in Geothermal Steam for Maximum Energy harnessing and utilization.

 

George Mwenda Maingi

George Mwenda

I am currently a Mechatronics Engineer in the Infrastructure Section at KenGen’s Olkaria Geothermal Project.  The main aim of the Geothermal Resource Development where I work is to develop the licensed areas to have enough steam to put up power plants in line with the government’s Vision 2030. My job entails preparing drill pads for geothermal wells as wells cutting roads leading to them. These plus other Infrastructural jobs like provision of water for drilling and preparing the roads to these sites require a dedicated human resource and a fleet of earthmoving equipment. I am responsible for coordinating earthmoving equipment usage and maintenance in the Infrastructure Section to ensure timely delivery of drilling sites and roads for the rigs. I am also charged with overseeing the implementation of the contract that the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has with KenGen for hire of earthmoving equipment. I sit in the well siting committee that decides where the wells should be drilled from the geoscientific data available at Olkaria. The other notable project am currently handling is the construction of the Geothermal Spa and Demonstration Centre, the only one of its kind in Africa.
In the two years I have worked with KenGen, I have written and presented two technical papers at KenGen annual G2G Technical seminar. My current paper is tilted Application of GSM Networks in Water Management in Olkaria. This project is on a practical application of one of my interests on remote automation and how it can be used to manage process in our daily lives.
From my training as a Mechatronics Engineer, I am fully aware that manufacturing is one of the ways of spurring economic growth. Manufacturing in Kenya has been hampered by, amongst others, the cost of electricity. My drive is to do my best to make sure that KenGen attains its target of providing cheaper cleaner electricity to the population and hence spur economic growth by supporting many upcoming manufacturing processes. It is for this reason that I have enrolled as a Masters student at DeKUT so that I can attain the necessary skills to enable me do my job better as a well trained geothermist.

 

Becky Wanja Mutua

Becky WanjaI am currently working for Geothermal Divison of the Kenya’s Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya as a surface exploration Geochemist.
I am a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Nairobi and currently pursuing MSc in Geothermal Energy Technology at the Geothermal Energy Training and Research Institute (GeTRI) of Dedan Kimathi University of Technology. Previously, I did an undergraduate research project on Fluid Geochemistry of Badlands-Elementeita Geothermal Prospect in Kenya’s Rift Valley. I have been a partcipant of the 3-weel Short Course facilitaed by the United Nations University-Geothermal Training Program (UNU-GTP), Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) and the Geothermal Development Company (GDC). My work as an exploration geochemist has enable partcipate in investigations for geothermal resources in in various prospects in Kenya, including Marula-Morendat and Otutu-Ndogo involving geothermal fluids data collection and analysis, soil gas sampling and analysis, interpretation and report preparation. I have written and compiled reports on Fluid Geochemistry of Badlands Elementeita Geothermal Prospect, and Geochemical Evaluation of Otutu-Ndogo Geothermal Resource including feasible uses of the geothermal prospects based on the geochemical survey. These reports have been presented to The University of Nairobi and The Ministry of Energy, respectively.
I have attended and presented papers in various international and local conferences including the African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGEO-C4), Annual International Kabarak Conference and International Conference of the GSK.
My ambition is that in future I become a full time researcher in an institution of higher learning through which I will be enabled to apply and share/disseminate the knowledge obtained on geothermal energy resource exploration and exploitation. Moreover, I aspire to expand my professional networks with organizations, institutions, researchers and policy makers who remain committed to enhancing affordable energy for sustainable development. I believe, the MSc Geothermal Training program at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology is the avenue for my ambition.

Sandys Sifuna Mukhongo

Sandys SifunaCurrently, I am a Planning and Logistics Engineer with the Kenya Electricity Generating Company, Geothermal Resources Development Department. My duties include the procurement of drilling supplies and delivery to the drill sites, rig down, rig move and rig up of drilling rigs after completion of a geothermal well and offering logistical support services to drilling operations using Heavy Mobile Equipment. I have been in this position for the past two and half years. Previously I had worked as a Stores Assistant with the Davis & Shirtliff Group in Nairobi; a water equipment and renewable energy products supplies company. While there I gained valuable experience in overseas order making, inventory management and goods distribution to company branches and stockists countrywide and regionally for one and a half years.
I hold a Bsc Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi with Second Class Honors, Upper Division. Am also currently completing my Diploma in Project Management from the Kenya Institute of Management and pursuing an Msc Degree in Geothermal Energy Technology at the Dedan Kimathi University, Geothermal Energy Training and Research Institute. Additionally, I have completed three months UNU GTP-KenGen Short Courses on Geothermal Technology in 2012 and a three-week KenGen-UNU GTP-GDC Course VII on Exploration for Geothermal Resources, also in 2012. I also hold an Award of Merit for being the student with the best final year project in the University of Nairobi, Department of Mechanical Engineering in the academic year 2007/2008. Professionally, I am a registered Graduate Engineer with the Engineers Registration Board (Kenya) and Graduate Member of the Institute of Engineers of Kenya. Am working to formalize my registration as a full engineer with these bodies in the New Year
My research areas of interest are to understand the new and emerging technologies in geothermal energy exploration and development processes. I particularly aim to carry out research work in use of locally available materials in geothermal well drilling and minimization of geothermal exploration impact on the environment. My objectives will be to lower the high geothermal well drilling costs and assist in geothermal energy development sustainably with environmental conservation.

 

Michael Musau Mwania

Michael MusauI am a Geologist and i posses a Bachelors degree in Geology from University of Nairobi, Post Graduate Diploma from UNU-GTP (Trained locally at Naivasha), Associate EIA/EA Expert; holds certificate from Kenya National Cleaner Production Centre (K.N.C.P.C) and currently am pursuing M.Sc. in Geothermal Technology from Dedan Kimathi University (DeKUT). Am a professional of Geological Society of (GSK) and also a member of Water Rock Interaction forum.
Currently am working with KenGen in geothermal exploration and utilization. At KenGen I am responsible for exploration activities, well siting activities, geological well logging, compilation of well completion reports including modeling for the drilled wells and continuous update of geothermal conceptual model. Before joining KenGen in late 2011, I worked as Hydrogeologist in a consulting firm (Earth Water Ltd) for close to two and half years particularly carrying out groundwater exploration and exploitation. At Earth Water Ltd, while working as Hydrogeologists, I have sited over 300 boreholes in many parts of the country and outside the country i.e. Kenya, Sudan and Somalia. Similarly, I have also compiled equivalent technical reports. Besides this I have also conducted numerous geotechnical investigation projects mainly for Dams construction, foundation pilings and quantification of Quarry deposits e.g. Kipevu III power plant, Nanighi Dam project, Theta Dam, Itare Dam and Dmanji Quarry deposit project among others.
My research interests are to specialize in igneous petrology of volcanic systems in Kenya and Africa as whole. In particular to study the petrogenesis of igneous rocks within the rift system as well as elucidate the evolution history of the most igneous volcanic system in Africa.

Hilary Mwangeka Mwawasi

Hilary MwangekaI hold a bachelor of technology degree in Chemical and Process engineering from Moi University, Eldoret. I am currently employed by Geothermal Development Company Limited as an engineer in the Geothermal Resource Management (GRM) department and have over 3 years experience in reservoir engineering.
My responsibilities include designing reservoir test programs, leading teams in carrying out well flow tests and down hole measurements, ensuring well flow tests and down hole data computation, computer manipulation, evaluation and interpretation, ensuring submission of well assessment reports, ensuring calibration of reservoir equipment (mechanical temperature & pressure tools), providing advice to other field operation teams on reservoir engineering findings and preparing technical progress reports on implementation of Menengai geothermal project.
I am currently involved in developing, tracking and updating GRM’s 100MWe Menengai power plants project timelines and task log sheet. The project aims at delivering to the national grid 100MWe from Menengai geothermal field. I have presented papers in conferences and published a report titled “Heat Loss Assessment of Selected Kenyan Geothermal Prospects”.
My academic interests are on understanding steam gathering networks design and reservoir management strategies. I aspire to develop myself and become a geothermal resource expert in the next 5 – 10 years.

 

Ammon Ojwang Omiti

Ammon OjwangI am a Geophysicist with Kenya Electricity and Generating Company, involved in Geophysical Exploration of geothermal energy and monitoring of geothermal reservoir. I analyzed Joint Inversion of MT and TEM data, coming up with a 1-D the Resistivity Structure of the Eburru Geothermal Field, Kenya. Previously I had worked as a Geophysicist/Hydro-geologist in Geoscope International Enterprise Ltd where I was involved in groundwater exploration and exploitation including Geotechnical services for mineral quantification and site investigations and Environmental Impact Assessment.
I have BSc. Degree in Geology from the University of Nairobi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Geophysical Exploration from the United Nation University, Iceland. I am currently pursuing MSc. In Geothermal Technology from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology.
My research interests as a Research Geophysicist are on modeling seismic data to be able to understand, interpret the structures, monitor and correlate with the resistivity data of geothermal systems.

 

 

Edwin Wafula Wanyonyi

Edwin WafulaI am currently a Geochemist at Kenya Electricity Generating Company, Olkaria Geothermal Project. My job includes geothermal surface exploration, steam quality monitoring, production field monitoring, production well discharge testing, tracer testing, re-injection well monitoring, drilling fluid analysis, pH and Condensate monitoring for the power plant. Other activities include CDM monitoring, scaling and corrosion monitoring and Geochemical modelling. Previously I had the opportunity of carrying out hydro geological work including borehole siting and drilling supervision as well as underground water resources assessment.
I have a BSc (Geology) from the University of Nairobi, and currently pursuing an MSc in (Geothermal Energy Technology) at the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology. I have also attended short specialised courses in Geochemistry and Geothermal technology facilitated by the United Nations University-Geothermal Training Program. I have also participated in various international conferences including the ARGEO-C4, KGC conference 2011, KenGen G2G Technical seminar, 2013 and the water –rock interaction conference in Avignon, France, 2013.
I have written several reports including geochemical well discharge reports for Olkaria, silica scaling tendency for Olkaria wells, presentation to the KenGen Board of Consultants and report to the Ministry of Energy on the Geochemical Surface exploration work for Magadi-Gilgil.
I aspire in the near future to be an Energy consultant with special interest on how to explore and integrate the renewable energy sources in the energy mix in Kenya and Africa as a whole.

I hold a bachelor of technology degree in Chemical and Process engineering from Moi University, Eldoret. I am currently employed by Geothermal Development Company Limited as an engineer in the Geothermal Resource Management (GRM) department and have over 3 years experience in reservoir engineering.

My responsibilities include designing reservoir test programs, leading teams in carrying out well flow tests and down hole measurements, ensuring well flow tests and down hole data computation, computer manipulation, evaluation and interpretation, ensuring submission of well assessment reports, ensuring calibration of reservoir equipment (mechanical temperature & pressure tools), providing advice to other field operation teams on reservoir engineering findings and preparing technical progress reports on implementation of Menengai geothermal project.

I am currently involved in developing, tracking and updating GRM’s 100MWe Menengai power plants project timelines and task log sheet. The project aims at delivering to the national grid 100MWe from Menengai geothermal field. I have presented papers in conferences and published a report titled “Heat Loss Assessment of Selected Kenyan Geothermal Prospects”.

My academic interests are on understanding steam gathering networks design and reservoir management strategies. I aspire to develop myself and become a geothermal resource expert in the next 5 – 10 years.

 


Dedan Kimathi University of Technology is collaborating with the main industry players in the country, i.e., Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) and Geothermal Development Company (GDC) through signed Memoranda of Understanding on geothermal energy training. Joint activities include sharing of manpower resources, equipment and student attachment and supervision. Their facilities are available free of charge to the program, apart from procurement of laboratory consumables and payment of allowance to their staff involved in data collection and analysis. The University, KenGen and GDC have formed a Joint Steering and Advisory Committee whose role is review of the training programs from time to time to ascertain their relevance to industry and recommending any changes necessary.


The University’s Geothermal Training and Research Institute (GeTRI) has well developed teaching and research links with institutions that have related programs. The Research Unit at the Institute pursues research funding, conducts research and facilitates post graduate students studies and research in the focus areas. Research concentrates on the geosciences, including structural geology, seismology, gravity/magnetics, geodesy, geochemistry, and remote sensing focussed on exploration for new geothermal systems and understanding favourable regional settings. Funded research is focused on developing and refining approaches to identify potential new systems, create genetic occurrence models for systems in the Rift Valley and other areas with geothermal potential, and model reservoir fluid and heat transport. Research results are hoped to lead to the discovery of several new geothermal systems as well as a better understanding and characterization of geothermal systems in these geothermal areas.


The Institute is constantly seeking to expand its international network of collaborators in strengthening its programs. Exchange programs have been established with international universities in Germany, US, France and Belgium. Recently, discussions on possible collaboration between DeKUT and the United Nations University – Geothermal Training Program (UNU-GTP) have been initiated, and its hoped that an MoU will be established soon. The Institute also maintains an active collaboration with Kenya’s Ministry of Energy and Petroleum.

 

 

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