Oct 17, 2018: Results of the 5th Application Round

The Request for Application (RfA) phase of the 5th GRMF Application Round (AR 5) started on 26 March 2018 after the pre-qualification workshop was held. On 4 June 2018, 9 applications (6 Surface Studies and 3 Drilling Programmes) were formally accepted. These 9 applications were submitted by 7 entities (4 public and 3 private) from 5 countries (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda) - out of the 11 GRMF countries.

We are pleased to announce that 7 projects qualified for grant award in AR 5 of GRMF (4 Surface Studies and 3 Drilling Programmes).

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

No. Applicant

Country of Bidder

Project Name Activity
1 GIDS Consult Ltd. Uganda Buranga Surface Study

Department of Geological Survey and Mines

Uganda Kibiro Surface Study
3 Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Ltd. (TGDC) Tanzania Natron Surface Study
4 Department of Geological Survey and Mines Uganda Panyimur Surface Study
5 Orpower 12, Inc. Ethiopia Dofan Drilling Programme
6 Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Ltd. (TGDC) Tanzania Kiejo-Mbaka Drilling Programme
7 TM Geothermal Operations PLC (TMGO) Ethiopia Tulu-Moye Drilling Programme

The GRMF team is very pleased by the results of the Application Round 5 as it clearly shows the development of the East African geothermal market and the increasing number of market players. The development is also reflected by the quality of the applications, the reflected structured process of the projects and finally leading to the objective of the programme: an increased usage of geothermal energy in East Africa.
The respective qualification and rejection letters were already sent to all projects that submitted applications.The cumulative GRMF financial support – including potential continuation premium- for all qualified applications of AR 5 amounts to approximately USD 28.0 million.

In addition, we want to inform you about the possibility to meet the complete GRMF team at the 7th African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo-C7) which will be held in Kigali (Rwanda) from 29 October to 4 November 2018.  Face-to-face meetings will be possible on 31 October and 1 November 2018 from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM, with about 30 minutes per developer. Please let us know as soon as possible which date and time you would like to meet us there. Your request should be sent to Mr Sylvain Degolmal Ngaryo (NgaryoS@africa-union.org).

With best regards,

Your GRMF Team

Sep 24, 2018: GRMF at the 7th African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo-C7) in Kigali

Dear Developers,

The Regional Geothermal Coordination Unit (RGCU) of the AUC is glad to inform you that GRMF will be present at the 7th African Rift Geothermal Conference which will be held in Kigali (Rwanda) from 29 October to 4 November 2018.

We want to take this opportunity to get in touch with the qualified developers via face-to-face meetings. We have reserved a separate meeting room to discuss with you the status of your project, current challenges, and planned activities for it. In case you are interested to meet with the RGCU and its partners for the GRMF (KfW, Technical Consultant), please send a short email including your preferred day and time to Mr Sylvain Degolmal Ngaryo (NgaryoS@africa-union.org). Each meeting is scheduled for 30 minutes. Regarding organizational issues (i.e. place and exact time of meetings), we will come back to you once we have a final schedule.

During the conference, the RGCU will also give a presentation about the development of the programme.

We are looking forward to meeting the geothermal community at the ARGeo-C7 for further discussions about the sector in Eastern Africa.

Best regards

Your GRMF team

Jun 26, 2018: Extension of deadline for documents re-submission by one 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 one week from the initially communicated deadline on the feedback letter.

Applicants who have already re-submitted their documents are also entitled to deliver additional information by the new deadline.

We hope this decision supports the delivery of the requested documents both in terms of quantity and quality.

Best regards,

Your GRMF Team

Jun 26, 2018: 2 Day Workshop on the ‘African Union Code of Practice for Geothermal Drilling’

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 26 June 2018, the Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union and the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) organized a 2 Day Workshop on the ‘African Union Code of Practice for Geothermal Drilling’.

The workshop, which took place on 13-14 June 2018 at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was opened by the Director for Infrastructure and Energy, Mr Cheikh Bedda who welcome the large spectrum of participants He was followed in the same vein by the GRMF Project Manager and Head of Energy, Mr Rashid Abdallah who led the delegation of GRMF energy experts, provided to the audience a background for this workshop and its importance for the geothermal projects in Ethiopia particularly and in the Eastern African Countries generally. Dr Georg Mayer, the Program Manager for the Geothermal Program for Eastern Africa (BGR), after introducing the 2 days program, gave the floor to Mr. Gordon Bloomquist, Phd and Mr. Sam Abraham, both instructors with years of experience in geothermal and petroleum fields.

Hundred twenty five (125)  participants took part in the workshop representing all of the public and private developers, as well as international investors and donor agencies currently active in the geothermal industry in Ethiopia.

Please find here the related press release.

All presentations of the workshop can be downloaded under "Events".

Your GRMF team

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