Geothermal energy is the heat from the earth and is recognised as renewable energy resources like hydropower and biomass. The government of Uganda has started undertaking surface studies in Panyimur (Nebbi), Kibiro (Hoima), Katwe-Kikorongo (Kasese) and Buranga (Bundibugyo-Ntoroko) among other areas.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has trained over 25 Ugandans in geothermal related disciplines. Vicent Kato, the principal geologist in the department of geology survey and mines says that the Government of Uganda is undertaking studies on other geothermal sites (stocktaking its geothermal resources), establishing and managing data bases and human capital development in Iceland and Kenya.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency is helping Uganda to image the underground and locate the geothermal reservoir for drilling. The governmnment of Uganda recently licenced 20 companies to explore for geothermal resources.
The companies include Katwe Geothermal Power Project Ltd, Gids Consult Ltd, Cozumel Energy Uganda Ltd, Moberge Finance Ltd, Pawakom International Ltd, Clean Source Energy Partners and Ascot Associates…