Toshiba Partners with Tanzania Geothermal Development

Toshiba Corp. will work with Tanzania Geothermal Development Co. to promote geothermal power generation and human resources development in the African nation.

The two companies have concluded a memorandum of understanding, Toshiba said in a statement Tuesday. Tanzania Geothermal Development is the sole organization with geothermal exploitation rights in Tanzania, and is a developer and builder of geothermal power plants.

Tanzania has the third-largest geothermal resources in Africa, though the country relies on hydro and fossil fuels for about 97 percent of its power supply, according to the statement. The country plans to increase its total power generation capacity to 10,000 MW by 2025 from 1,577 megawatts, Toshiba said.

Toshiba has supplied 52 geothermal turbine generators globally, including North America, Southeast Asia and Kenya, the Tokyo-based company said. Their total power generation capacity is about 3,400 MW, representing the world’s biggest share in geothermal electricity generation at 26 percent, according to the statement.

©2015 Bloomberg News

Lead image: Ol Doinyon Lengai, Tanzania. Credit: Shutterstock.

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