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Chinese equipment and oil services company Kerui Petroleum said it has successfully lifted the derrick and substructure for the first 1500HP drilling rig at Ethiopia's Aluto-Langano Geothermal Energy Project.

The completion of the first rigging up marks a milestone in the 70-MW geothermal energy project, which is part of Ethiopian government's plans to expand geothermal energy generation in the coming few years, the Chinese firm said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

 

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In February 2019, Kerui Petroleum, in partnership with Kenya's state-owned power producer Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC, signed a contract with Ethiopia's state utility firm Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP).

Under the contract, Kerui Petroleum will supply two sets of 1500HP drilling rigs, personnel training, drilling operation and related technology transfer for the drilling initially of the 22 wells at Aluto-Langano.

The Aluto-Langano geothermal project's first exploration work began in 1981. The site already has a geothermal power plant that began operation in 1998 with a production capacity of 7.3 MW. The facility, however, has been closed since 2018 due to technical issues.

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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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