The Geothermal Centre of Excellence (GCE) is the Geothermal Development Company’s in-house training facility founded as a response to an existing regional skills gap in the geothermal energy sub-sector. The Centre offers comprehensive, peer-reviewed programs in all aspects of geothermal energy development.
The Centre of Excellence aims to upgrade the competency level of geothermists in the region through formal training of students, regional conferences where geothermists can share experiences, publication of a bi-annual scientific journal that will document scientific developments in the geothermal sub-sector within the region.
The Centre of Excellence offers short course programs at certificate level with emphasis placed on modern techniques of surface exploration, drilling, resource assessment and project management.
The programs are continually evaluated to be in line with industry demands and requirements. While implementing these programmes, the Centre of Excellence has developed strong partnerships and linkages with different players in the energy sector.
To develop the necessary critical mass required for the holistic development of geothermal resources in Africa
To be the preferred destination in geothermal training and consulting in Africa
Respect for different cultures & ethnicities
Dr. Robert Ogutu is in charge of the Geothermal Centre of Excellence Department. He reports to the General Manager, Strategy Research and Innovation. The Department has three (3) sections, Capacity Building and Resource Centre, External Consultancies, Linkages and Partnerships and the Research and Innovation section. The Capacity Building and Resource Centre and the External Consultancies, Linkages and Partnerships sections are headed by Chief Officers. The Research and Innovation section is headed by a Senior Scientist.
Grace Kiplagat is the Chief Officer in charge of Capacity Building and Resource Centre.
Dr. Thecla Mutia is a Senior Scientist in charge of Research and Innovation