Executive Exchange to the 2016 GEA Geothermal Energy Expo and GRC Annual Meeting

The  Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) Geothermal Energy Expo and Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Annual Meeting is the largest geothermal conference in North America and is widely attended by the international geothermal industry, making this event an ideal location for this executive exchange.

This exchange, taking place at the Sacramento Convention Center in downtown Sacramento, California, will primarily focus on the launching of EAGP’s Risk Mitigation Study, receiving feedback from US companies that are interested, but cautious, of developing geothermal projects in East Africa, and delivering capacity building services to the delegates regarding the composition and utilization of a risk mitigation mechanism. The delegation will be led by the US-East Africa Geothermal Partnership Team and will comprise representatives from three countries in East Africa (Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya). 

A major component of this exchange is a day-long Geothermal Round Table event to address both project finance and to serve as a forum to showcase the findings of EAGP’s risk mitigation mechanism study. The Round Table event would serve as a platform for U.S. industry stakeholders and government organizations to review the findings of the risk mitigation study and to provide input and feedback on the report, as well as to serve as a platform for an open discussion between the East African delegates and U.S. stakeholders. 

With both Ethiopia and Djibouti on track to begin drilling for new geothermal prospects, and Kenya continuing to explore new geothermal resource fields, this exchange will provide representatives the chance to connect with companies that can provide advisory services as well as all ancillary services associated with drilling.  EAGP will be setting up targeted one-on-one meetings with geothermal developers for representatives in each country, in order to ensure that delegates are meeting with qualified companies that are interested in becoming involved in geothermal projects in East Africa. 

Any questions regarding this event can be emailed to Scena Nayak at [email protected].