The Republic of Uganda is on a course to develop a geothermal resources department in her ministry of energy and mineral development in order to develop underground energy for power production.
Vicent Kato, the principal geologist in the department of geology survey and mines defined geothermal energy as the heat from the earth and is recognised as renewable energy resources like hydropower and biomass.
Kato says the existence of volcanic activities in the western rift valley makes the area so ideal for geothermal energy due to its high heat flow rates.
He says that the Government of Uganda is establishing a geothermal resources department and it is only waiting for a certificate of financial implication from her finance ministry.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has provided echnical assistance to Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya to assess all their geothermal resource sites