Djibouti gets $7.5M; Kenya talks investment; Rwanda training session

Djibouti gets $7.5M for Lake Assal from AfDB. Japan offers geothermal support in Kenya. Iceland GeoSurvey scientists kick off a training program in Rwanda.

Djibouti: AfDB Contributes $7.5M to Lake Assal
Kenya: Japan Offers Support
Rwanda: Geothermal Training Underway

Djibouti: AfDB Contributes $7.5M to Lake Assal
The African Development Group (AfDB) Board has approved US$ 7.5 million financing from the African Development Fund and the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), a Danish funded initiative implemented by the AfDB.  This is the latest funding update on the project  to assess the geothermal viability in the Lake Assal region that World Bank is supporting and recently confirmed a US$6 million contribution.

The project is visualized as a public private partnership; the exploration phase is expected to be followed by the competitive tendering of the development of an estimated 56 MW geothermal power plant to private power producers.  Half of Djibouti’s population does not have access to electricity due to high tariffs, high connection costs and an electricity grid that covers only Djibouti City and its outskirts.

An article on Newbusinessethiopia.com notes that the project “seeks to replicate the innovative model adopted in Kenya where the AfDB approved in 2011, the Menengai Geothermal Development Project.   For this project concessional funds were provided by development financing institutions, such as the AfDB and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) hosted by the AfDB, to finance the drilling exploratory phase of the project.”

The World Bank said they have mobilized “different donors to co-finance the total project costs of US$31 million including Global Environment Facility (GEF), OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), African Development Bank (AfDB), Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Global Geothermal Development Plan (GGDP) through Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP).  The Government of Djibouti will also make a contribution.  See also En.starafrica.com and Geo-energy.org.

Kenya: Japan Offers Support
A new US$20 million grant from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will go toward Kenya’s geothermal development. The state-owned Geothermal Development Corporation will implement the grant to equip staff with skills for geothermal drilling. Geothermal projects in Menengai 1, 2, Suswa and Baringo-Silali stand to benefit, according to Globaltimes.cn. “Kenya requires more than 20,000 megawatt of electricity by 2030. A quarter of this requirement is expected to come from geothermal sources,” Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum, Davis Chirchir was quoted.

Following the grant, President Uhuru Kenyatta met with Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Toshihisa Takatasaid. He called for investments from Japanese investors, many of whom have expressed interest in the country, he said. “Regional integration will expand the market for investors, enhance intra-regional trade and facilitate the growth of the East African economies for the benefit of the people,” Kenyatta was quoted. Takata voiced support for infrastructure development toward Kenya’s Vision 2030 goals.  See also Vision2030.go.ke/

Rwanda: Geothermal Training Underway
A five-day course by Iceland GeoSurvey scientists kicks off several months of training focused on educating employees of Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA) of Rwanda. Over the next six month, 22 EWSA employees will attend lectures on topics such as drilling engineering, geological surface exploration, borehole geology, geochemistry and environmental monitoring. On-site training at Karisimbi area in western Rwanda is expected to lead in to experimental drilling at the site. The Geothermal Training Programme of the United Nations University (UNU-GTP) organized the event at the request of the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA). Geothermal.is

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