The 6th African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo C6) will take place this year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The actual conference will be held November 1-3, 2016 with field trips before and after the conference. Geothermal Pre-Conference Short Courses will also be held on 31 October to 1 November 2016.
Initially, the conference was to be held in Eritrea but later Eritrea changed its mind on the matter. Later the Government of Ethiopia decided to host and organize the conference this being its second time to do so. The Sixth African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo-C6) will be held in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other support partners such as the African Union Commission (AUC) and Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA). This Conference is being organized under the auspices of the UNEP-ARGeo Programme as one of its biennial geothermal conferences.
The other five previous conferences which are held every two years were held in Ethiopia (2006), Uganda (2008), Djibouti (2010), Kenya (2012) and Tanzania (2014).
The theme of ARGeo-C6 is “Geothermal: Solution to Africa Energy needs”. The main objective of this conference is to promote regional cooperation, create an information exchange platform on exploration, development, investment and utilization of the geothermal resources ion the region and elsewhere in the world. This international conference will bring together policy makers, technical experts as well as developers and financiers of international and regional delegates. The conference will look at the following areas:
- mitigate the risks associated with resource exploration,
- attract private developers to fast track geothermal development,
- reduce lead times in developing geothermal projects,
- to leverage investment to stimulate the growth of industry, and
- to effectively develop, construct, and operate successful geothermal power plants.
The Conference will also provide exhibition areas to showcase their products, equipment and services. It will also provide excellent opportunities for networking with world reknown persons and institutions in the geothermal sector worldwide.