May 28, 2018: AUC signs grant contract with Capital Power Ltd for Homa Hills Surface Study Project

Nairobi, Kenya, 23 May 2018, the African Union Commission (AUC), through its Department of Infrastructure & Energy and Capital Power Limited signed another GRMF Grant Contract for the Homa Hills surface study project. The agreement was signed by the AUC Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, and the CEO of Capital Power Ltd., Mr. Tony Wanyama.

The two AUC Energy Experts for the GRMF, Mr. Philippe Niyongabo, and Mr. Sylvain Degolmal, congratulated Mr. Tony Wanyama, as well as other representatives of Capital Power Ltd. in person for this achievement. The total grant amounts to USD 720,490 for co-financing the total cost estimated to USD 1.1 million for the surface study. The Homa Hills geothermal prospect is located about 50 km north of Kendu Bay in the Nyanzian Rift. It is on a broad peninsula at the eastern edge of Lake Victoria and is the first geothermal project earmarked for development in Nyanza area.

The official press release can be found here.

Your GRMF team

May 22, 2018: Infrastructure costs for additional well applications

Dear developers,

On 8 May 2018 during the 14th GRMF Oversight Committee, it was decided that developers with awarded drilling programmes of Application Round 1 to 4, and with plans to apply for an additional well under the GRMF, now also can include eligible costs for infrastructure upgrades in the additional well application. The costs for infrastructure upgrades that are related to the additional well have not been considered as eligible in the previous application forms for the additional well. The updated application forms for the additional well can be downloaded here.

Your GRMF team

Apr 10, 2018: AUC Signing GRMF Grant Agreement with Reykjavik Geothermal in Ethiopia

On 10 April 2018, the AUC signed another GRMF Grant Contract for the Abaya surface study project of Reykjavik Geothermal in Ethiopia. The agreement was signed by the AUC Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, and the Country Manager for Ethiopia, Mr. Jón Örn Jónsson, in the AUC HQ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 10 April 2018. The Director for the Infrastructure & Energy Department, and Chairperson of the GRMF Oversight Committee, Mr. Cheikh Bedda, as well as the Head of the Energy Division, and GRMF Project Manager, Mr. Rashid Ali Abdallah, congratulated Mr. Jón Örn Jónsson in person for this achievement.

The total grant amounts to USD 1,376,566 USD and represents 80% of the total cost estimated to USD 1.7 million for the surface study, located some 275 km south of Addis Ababa.

Your GRMF team

Apr 5, 2018: AR 5 Pre-bidding Workshop held at AUC HQ on 26 and 27 March 2018

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 5 April 2018: The Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union organized the obligatory pre-bidding workshop for all AR 5 applicants that have successfully passed the pre-qualification stage. The workshop took place on 26 and 27 March 2018 at the AUC HQ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It included different sessions to inform the pre-qualified developers about the application and evaluation stage, the GRMF Procurement Manual, the environmental and social (E&S) requirements, specific aspects of the surface study and drilling programme applications, as well as the AWC Guidelines. Please click here to download all presentations in one single badge as ZIP file.

The second part of the workshop was dedicated to face-to-face meeting with all pre-qualified developers, in order to discuss individually the EoI feedback letters, and to give further guidance on the Request for Application (RfA).

Participants of the workshop included representatives of the AUC, the Technical Consultant (TC) team, and public and private developers from  Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Kindly below some impressions of the workshop.

Your GRMF team