Ethiopia site analysis and power purchase; Yemen’s geothermal goal

In Africa and the Middle East, Ethiopia is moving forward on geothermal analysis with the help of Japan, while its Corbetti plant seals a power purchase agreement. Yemen wants geothermal energy, too.

Ethiopia: Japan to Aid Analysis at 18 Sites; EEPCO to Purchase Corbetti Power
Yemen: Goal Struck for Renewable Share of 28.2% Geothermal

In Africa and the Middle East, Ethiopia is moving forward on geothermal analysis with the help of Japan, while its Corbetti plant seals a power purchase agreement. Yemen wants geothermal energy, too.

A project to conduct potential analysis at 18 sites in Ethiopia is in the planning stages. The Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) has taken on the assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in developing its Geothermal Energy Master Plan and aims to identify the geothermal energy potential of the country. Four professionals from GSE will be trained in Japan for one month as part of the agreement between the parties. http://www.2merkato.com/news/alerts/2620-ethiopia-jica-to-assist-in-the-development-of-geothermal-energy-master-plan-project. For more in JICA’s international work, see: Geoenergist.wordpress.com; Geo-energy.org, PDF; Geo-energy.org, PDF; and Geo-energy.org, PDF.

At Corbetti Caldera in Shashemene, Ethiopia, the Icelandic company Reykjavik Geothermal is planning a 1,000-MW geothermal project, and Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCO) will purchase the power. On October 23, the parties set the annual payment at $630.7 million. The agreement calls for a tariff of $0.079/kWh for the first 500 MW. The capacity is projected to be 100 MW by 2016 and to reach 500 MW by 2020. The tariff will be $0.065/kWh if and when the project reaches the high-end estimated capacity of 1,000 MW. Allafrica.com

Across the Red Sea, Yemen has named a goal of 28.2% share of renewable energy from geothermal resources by 2025, notes a Greenprophet article that outlines a new report on renewable energy developments in the Arab world. The report was released by the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, located in Cairo.

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