The government of Japan has extended its support to East African countries that are planning to develop geothermal projects.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency has planned to provide technical assistance to Kenya in September 2013 as the country is seeking an increase of 5,000MW of geothermal capacity by next 20 years. It currently holds 200MW of capacity from the source.

Further, the Asian country is set to facilitate geological survey missions to other countries including Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania as well as drawing up a development plan for Ethiopia, reported Bloomberg citing Nikkei newspaper.

Japan, meanwhile, will include the geothermal development plans in a list of development assistance measures for Africa at a conference to be held in Yokohama city on 1 – 3 June.