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

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

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