Aug 16, 2017: New GRMF regulations

According to the decision of the GRMF Oversight Committee, on 9 August 2017 new GRMF regulations entered into force. These adaptions are based on the experience from the last four application rounds and are aiming for a better use of funds and consequently for a bigger impact on the geothermal market.

The major changes in the GRMF regulations include the following:

Introduction of the "Project pipeline concept"

Due to various challenges after the signing of the grant contract, the procedure and the documents required for grant contract signing have been adapted. Therefore all projects reaching more than 70 points in the evaluation of the application are included in the project pipeline. A project developer only will be invited for grant contract signing, if all required documents are submitted.. By this only projects with a perspective for further proceeding shall be invited for grant contract signing, as long as sufficient funds are available. This approach is aiming to create further competition below the GRMF awarded projects and to reduce administrative effort. In addition it shall enhance the development of the geothermal sector in East Africa.

Funding of an additional full size well

While the objective of the project pipeline is to accelerate the process of geothermal development in Eastern Africa, GRMF increases at the same time its funding possibilities and intensities by including the funding of an additional full size well into the initial drilling program (so far only possible within the continuation premium (CP)). The new rule is open both for projects with expired grant contracts and those before grant contract signing as well as for projects applying in coming application rounds. The following drilling programmes therefore become eligible under the GRMF (d) to f) showing the new options):

a)         2 full size wells

b)         3 slim holes

c)         2 slim holes & 1 full size well

d)         3 full size wells

e)         3 slim holes & 1 full size well

f)         2 slim holes & 2 full size wells

This approach, next to the project pipeline, shall additionally enhance the development of the geothermal sector in East Africa.

 

The amendments of the GRMF regulations will be described in more detail in the Developer Manual for the next application round and in the upcoming GRMF meeting that will take place from 10 to 13 August 2017 in Nairobi.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further clarifications.

Your GRMF team

Aug 13, 2017: Save the date: GRMF Workshop in October 2017

The department of Infrastructure and Energy (AUC) is organizing a GRMF workshop from 10th to 13th October 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The major topics will include: 

  • New GRMG Regulations
  • Kick-off meeting for Application Round 5
  • Technical assistance for GRMF
  • GRMF evaluation meeting

 

Furthermore, a two-days field visit to geothermal projects in Kenya is planned.

Participants will include experts from GRMF eligible countries, African Union Commission, Development Partners (KFW, DFID, and New Zealand) and geothermal developers (public and private developers).

For more information, please contact Mrs Tsemre Esayas, E-mail: Tsemree@africa-union.org; Tel.: +251 11 518 2421 ; Fax : +251 11 518 2450.

Your GRMF team

Jun 1, 2017: Results of the 4th Application Round

We are pleased to announce that 9 projects qualified for grant award in the GRMF 4th AR (4 Surface Studies and 5 Drilling Programmes).

Please find further information about the qualified project in the following table:

No.

Name of Bidder

Country of Bidder

Project Name

Activity

1

Reykjavik Geothermal ehf (RG)

Ethiopia         

Abaya

Surface Study

2

Maralal Energy Ltd.

Kenya

Chepchuk

Surface Study

3

Arus Energy Ltd.

Kenya

Arus

Surface Study

4

Capital Power Ltd.

Kenya

Homa Hills

Surface Study

5

Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP)

Ethiopia

Alalobeda

Drilling Programme

6

OrPower 12 Inc.

Ethiopia

Wondo Ganet

Drilling Programme

7

OrPower 12 Inc.

Ethiopia

Boku

Drilling Programme

8

OrPower 12 Inc.

Ethiopia

Daguna Fango

Drilling Programme

9

Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Ltd. (TGDC)

Tanzania

Ngozi

Drilling Programme

 

The cumulative GRMF financial support – including potential continuation premium, for all qualified applications of the 4th AR amounts to approximately USD 28.8 million.

The respective qualification and rejection letters were already sent to all projects that submitted applications.

With best regards,

Your GRMF Team

 

Feb 15, 2017: Extension of deadline for documents re-submission by 1 week

Dear Applicants,
 
Due to various requests for an extension of deadline for the re-submission of application documents, we hereby confirm that the deadline is extended by 1 week from the initially communicated deadline on the feedback letter.
 
We hope this decision supports the delivery of the requested documents both in terms of quantity and quality.
 
Best regards,
 
Your GRMF Team

Jan 23, 2017: Full applications received for GRMF financial support to 4th AR

Dear Madams and Sirs,

Within this press release we are very pleased to announce the pre-qualified developers who submitted their full applications (RfA) for the 4th application round (AR) for GRMF financial support before the submission deadline of 20th January 2017.

The 4th AR started on 2nd November 2016 after the pre-qualification workshop was held. After a two week extension to the initial submission deadline of the RfA phase, on 20th of January 2017 fourteen (14) full applications (RfA) (7 surface studies and 7 drilling programmes) were formally accepted. These 14 RfA were submitted by nine (9) entities (three public and six private) from four - out of the eleven GRMF countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda).

Country

Applicant

Project

Ethiopia

Reykjavik Geothermal ehf (RG)

Abaya SS

Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP)

Alalobeda DP

OrPower 12 Inc.

Wando Ganet DP

OrPower 12 Inc.

Boku DP

OrPower 12 Inc.

Daguna Fango DP

Reykjavik Geothermal ehf (RG)

Tulu-Moye DP

Kenya

Maralal Energy Ltd.

Chepchuk SS

Arus Energy Ltd.

Arus SS

Capital Power Ltd.

Homa Hills SS

Olsuswa Energy Ltd.

Barrier DP

Tanzania

Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Ltd.

Kisaki SS

Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Ltd.

Ngozi DP

Uganda

Geothermal Resources Department

Kibiro SS

COZUMEL Energy Ltd.

Katwe SS

 

With best regards,

Your GRMF Team