The First International Symposium on Geothermal Energy in Ethiopia commenced yesterday here in Addis. Dr. Dereje Engida President of Addis Ababa Science and Technology University (AASTU) told journalists that so far, Ethiopia has not produced energy from geothermal. However, works are underway to get benefit out of it. According to him, Electrification Policy was already endorsed by the government and Public Private Partnership is supported by this policy. According to him, neighboring country Kenya produces nearly 850 MW energy from geothermal and Ethiopia has to work more in this regard.
Since the sector demands huge amount of capital, the cost could not be covered merely by the government. The contribution of stakeholders is needed, the President said. “We have enabling policy and resources; but we lack skilled manpower in the sector. Developing human capital and close this gap is critical to bring about the desired change,” he said. Meseret Teklemariam (PhD), Program Manager of Energy at the United Nations Environmental Protection (UNEP), also said that African countries including Ethiopia are blessed with different renewable energy sources – water, solar, wind, and geothermal. “We have to exploit these energy sources for sustainable development.”
“We have to make the youths more productive by offering the necessary training through strengthen
Negotiations underway to sign implementation agreement for geothermal projects
The Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy announced that the Genale Dawa III Hydro Power Plant and the Aisha Wind Power Plant will soon join the national power grid.
The Ministry, which declared the lifting of rolling blackouts on Monday, disclosed that the new power plants would play a role in curbing the power shortage the country is facing. The Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Sileshi Bekele (PhD) said that the Genale Dawa III hydro power plant, which has an installed generation capacity of 254 MW, will start generation in August 2019. Sileshi said work on the Genale hydro power project has been completed adding that it is under testing and commission work.
The Ethiopian Energy Authority announced its plan to begin the Tulu Moye 520 MW geothermal electric energy project at a total cost of 2.5 Billion USD in Oromia State, West Arsi Zone. Tesfaye Kessa, Director of Geothermal Resource Development License and Administration Directorate with the Authority said that the Authority has been undertaking a number of activities to commence the project and to benefit the community by enhancing energy sources.
Unlike other sources of energy, geothermal energy is sustainable and it does not affect the environment adversely. “When we compare with hydro energy though it is a renewable source of power, if there is shortage of rain, it does not generate the required amount of energy,” he said. The project would have greater advantages for the social and economic growth of the country in terms of reducing power outages, he added.
The World Bank has published a Procurement Notice on behalf of Ethiopian Electric Power – P133613 – Ethiopia Geothermal Sector Development Project – ET-EEP-24663-CW-RFB
The invitation for bids for a Full Service Drilling Contractor and Consumable for Alalobad Geothermal Project in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia with Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP). The contract is tendered under a loan agreement of the World Bank with EEP/ Ethiopia.