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Japan’s JICA finalizes maps for 22 geothermal sites in Ethiopia

Aluto Langano Geothermal Power Plant (source: bgr.bund.de)
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 5 Nov 2015

Japan continues to support geothermal development in Ethiopia through its International Cooperation Agency (JICA) having finalized maps for 22 geothermal sites in the country.

At a geothermal development workshop held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) announces having finalized maps for 22 geothermal sites in Ethiopia.

In its speech, JICA Representative Mayumi Hayashi said the government of Japan is ready to support Ethiopia to generate more geothermal energy. He said that Japanese companies are very much interested in investment into Ethiopia’s energy sector. Japanese Business Alliance for Smart Energy (JASE) General Manager, Shuji Kimura said on his part the collaboration in the energy sector will continue.

Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) Director-General, Masresha Gebreselassie pointed out that Ethiopia is eager to learn from Japan about generation of electric power from geothermal energy. Ethiopia will start expansion activities to produce 70MW from Aluto Langano with an outlay of over 30 million USD, he pointed out.

The director-general added that the geothermal master plan preparation is well underway. The master plan helps to identify geothermal sites that produce more energy from geothermal.

Source: Geeska Afrika