The African Hydrogen Partnership, AHP, Preparation Meeting - the first multinational conference of AHP in Africa to take place at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC-AA) in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on the 19th and 20th February 2020 organized by African Hydrogen Partnership, AHP, and hosted by Flawlessevents.
Current and other future AHP members will discuss and vote on crucial topics in order to formally establish the African Hydrogen Partnership at its first Annual General Meeting, which will be announced at the end of the conference. Thursday 20th February will be a day of presentations, exploring the first large-scale hydrogen, ammonia and fuel cell related activities and projects underway in Africa.
Senior officials from African government and parastatal organizations as well as leaders of industrial companies and financial institutions are expected to participate. The AHP Preparation Meeting will provide an excellent networking opportunity to meet other stakeholders in the hydrogen economy with a focus on Africa according to ahp press release.
The press release at the official launch of the program reads that Energising Development (EnDev) launched a new programming cycle at the beginning of 2019. Based on the outcome of that programming cycle, EnDev Ethiopia, together with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy of Ethiopia, started the implementation of phase III from July 2019 to run until December 2022 with additional 9.4 million EUR.
The new phase will focus on the policy support and development of financial systems. The support will be directed towards developing and growing the market for modern renewable energy technologies and services as well as energy efficiency solutions in Ethiopia.
It will Contribute to Stabilizing Electric Power Supply and Diversification of Electric Power Sources in Ethiopia -
Toyota Tsusho Corporation ("Toyota Tsusho") signed a contract with Ethiopian Electric Power for the construction of the Aluto Langano Wellhead Geothermal Power Plant with a capacity of 5 MW on February 14. The construction funds will be arranged by the Grant Aid program by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (Grant Agreement amount: 1,842 million yen). The key component of the plant such as a geothermal steam turbine and its generator, will be manufactured and supplied by Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation, and the construction work for the plant will be carried out by Egesim Energy Electro-Mechanic Construction Contracting Co., Ltd., a Turkish engineering company. This project is one of pioneers in the geothermal power plant for commercial use, and expected to be a fundamental development in geothermal power development in Ethiopia.
Electricity demand in Ethiopia has been rising steadily due to a rapid population growth and remarkable economic development. However, hydroelectric power generation, which provides about 90 percent of Ethiopia’s electricity demand, has become unstable due to the impact of climate change in recent years. As a result, electricity shortages in Ethiopia have become serious and the country is forced to implement planned outages. This situation creates urgent needs for power development in other renewable source for continuous stable power supply. Among the various renewable energy sources, the geothermal power draws higher expectation as a reliable power baseload for its stable availability.
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) said Thursday it has clinched a 5.8 billion shillings (58 million U.S. dollar) contract to drill 12 geothermal wells in Ethiopia. Rebecca Miano, KenGen CEO said the contract with Ethiopia's independent power producer, the Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations, will also include installing a water supply system and equipment.
"This project entailed intense negotiations and planning. We are excited our efforts bore fruit. Being fully aware of the task ahead of us, we have rolled our sleeves and are now all set and ready," Miano said in a statement issued in Nairobi. The electricity producer will supply drilling materials and also provide operation and maintenance services for both the drilling equipment and the water supply system.
Miano said the contract is the second and the company's largest consultancy outside Kenya. In February, KenGen won a contract to drill geothermal wells for the Ethiopian Electric Power in Aluto, Ethiopia.
Miano said KenGen, which has embarked on a diversification strategy, leverages its expertise in geothermal energy by offering commercial drilling services, geothermal consulting and other related services across Africa.
She said the firm has invested in experts with considerable experience in geothermal exploration and drilling and will build the capacities of teams from Ethiopia who will be working on the project.
Kenya is Africa's number one geothermal energy producer and among the top 10 in the world, according to KenGen. The country has an estimated potential of 10,000MW along the Rift Valley.
The news was also reported by addisstandard
Tender Announcement: An invitation to bid for a full service drilling contractor at Alalobad in Ethiopia has been issued for Ethiopian Electric PowerSuccessful conclusion of Workshop on African Union Code of Practice for Geothermal Drilling