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It was reported that KenGen started drilling a geothermal project in Ethiopia for $56 million contract with Tulu Moye geothermal Ethiopia. 

In its twitter feed today, the company announced that it hit steam after drilling 650m. 

 

This positive development comes in the midst of Ethiopia's celebration of filling the first round of the Great Ethiopian Renaisance Dam, GERD, Projetc.  Ethiopia's energy sector has been Critisized for being dominated by hydro power and the energy mix is going to change soon once the geothermal, solar and wind projects become operational.

As one of the first independent power projects in Ethiopia, the Tulu Moye geothermal project plans to develop a geothermal power plant with the capacity to generate 150MW to be developed in 2 phases (Phase 1- 50 MW, Phase 2-100MW) to produce electric power in the Main Ethiopian Rift Valley, Oromia Regional State, Arsi & East Shewa zones, and sell the power to the Ethiopian Electric Power.

 

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At the beginning of the 20th century, Iceland was one of Europe's poorest countries, its people relying on a precarious and polluting mix of imported coal and local peat for electricity. But over the next century, the island nation would pull off one of the great energy makeovers in history, casting off fossil fuels and embracing geothermal power. Today, nearly 100 percent of Iceland's electricity comes from renewable sources, a transformation that has helped make its 366,000 people some of the wealthiest in Europe.

For the last decade, Iceland has been working with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to spark a similar energy revolution in Eastern Africa. Iceland has done everything from financing exploration projects to training future geothermal engineers. "We are a small country, but we try to focus our efforts in certain areas and this is one of them," said Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Iceland's Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources. He called the country’s partnership with UNEP “fruitful”.  

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In his face book press release, Abiy Ahmed Ali (Phd), Prime Minister of Ethiopia, announced that his cabinet has discussed and approved the Power Purchase Agreement with CORBETTI geothermal. 

The statement further reads,  

The conclusion of the Power Purchase Agreement with CORBETTI comes after many years work from the Government to create effective legislation such as PPP, Geothermal & Energy Proclamations to support foreign direct investment and private sector participation for investment and technology transfer in Ethiopia. Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy's EEP, EEA on one hand & CORBETTI and TULU MOYE companies on the other will develop total of 300MW Geothermal Power as Public Private Partnership.The Geothermal sector and skills in Ethiopia to tap in to this green, clean and renewable energy source to increase energy capacity, security and reliability of Ethiopia. Geothermal provides great baseline constant output power to support our industrialization and continued economic growth.

In the same session, the cabinet has approved the draft Ethiopia’s Digital Transformation Strategy, the draft digital transformation strategy and Ethiopia’s 2nd commercial code.

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The African Development Bank has welcomed a decision by the Trust Fund Committee of the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), one of two funds within the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), to extend a $10 million  concessional senior loan for development of the 50 MW Tulu Moyo Geothermal Power Plant project in Ethiopia.

The CTF approved the loan on 20 April 2020. The project is seen as a critical step to the East African country’s drive to harness sustainable and resilient energy resources to support its economy and livelihoods. With this investment, CTF becomes the first geothermal Independent Power Producer (IPP) in Ethiopia.

“We welcome the participation of CTF in this project. These concessional resources will be instrumental in helping the country to diversify its energy mix by facilitating the deployment of renewable energy technologies while supporting Ethiopia in meeting the targets under its National Electrification Plan 2.0,” said Anthony Nyong, Director of Climate Change and Green Growth at the Bank.

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