China emphasizes effects, social responsibilities of foreign aid

15:46, August 15, 2010      

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"What is more important is ensuring that foreign aid is effective. The aid will only prove successful if social responsibilities are met," an energy expert said Saturday.

Zhang Zhaofeng, director of Kenya project under PetroChina Great Wall Drilling Co., Ltd (GWDC), told Xinhua in an interview that PetroChina tries to bring its best team, its rich experience and advanced technology and equipment overseas.

"We want our best employees to do the best they can," he said.

Only 24 percent of the rural population in Kenya have access to electricity. To make up for the shortage, the Kenyan government has adopted a new energy development plan aiming to provide 90 percent of its population with electricity by 2030.

It has been found that geothermal energy, an internationally recognized renewable and clean energy, will be the cheapest energy in the next 20 years in Kenya. The huge potential of geothermal energy has become the key to this nation's future development, and the GWDC hopes that this new energy will be 100 percent used there, said Zhang.

He told Xinhua that in 2006, the GWDC signed with Kenya a geothermal power generation drilling contract worth 23 million U.S. dollars, and was expected to generate 70 megawatts of electricity for the country.

In the following two years, it signed contracts on drilling 25 geothermal wells for Kenya, which was a good start for China's endeavor to help Kenya develop new types of energy.

So far, the GWDC has drilled 30 geothermal wells in Kenya, including one with a generation capacity of 12 megawatts, the largest in Africa. The company has also helped Kenya drill its first directional well.

Kenya's energy development requires long-term capital support and improvement of drilling technology and working efficiency, Zhang said. But, he pointed out, the top priority for the Chinese drilling team is to keep the sustained development of the ecological environment in the drilled area and preserving the integrity of biological chain there.

Experts from the GWDC make proper drilling plans according to local conditions so that less land is used, impact on the landscape is reduced and energy-using efficiency is raised, Zhang said.

As for future assistance, Zhang told Xinhua that China has helped Kenya solve problems in geothermal energy exploitation, and more efforts should be made to construction thermal power plants, which will enable Kenya to enjoy more tangible benefits.

Source: Xinhua


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