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AfDB approves additional $3.2 million funding for geothermal project in Djibouti

Drilling rig on site in Djibouti (source: African Development Bank)
Alexander Richter 12 May 2020

The African Development Bank has approved an additional USD 3.22 million in loan funding for the geothermal project at Lake Assal in Djibouti to allow for work on well number 2 and additional tests for a feasibility study for commercial exploitation.

In a release this weekend, the African Development Bank announced that its Board of Directors approved, on January 15, additional funding of USD 3.22 million for the geothermal exploitation project in the Lake Assal region of Djibouti.

This financing is in addition to the earlier US $ 6.83 million and previous US $ 14.68 million approved by the Bank’s Board of Directors in June 2013 and May 2018 respectively, bringing its total contribution to $ 24.73 million. U.S. dollars.

The project for which this additional funding is intended aims to improve the quality of life of the Djiboutian population through the increase of green energy production capacity, the reduction of oil imports, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. tight.

Its objective is to explore the geothermal steam field of Lake Assal, located in the center of the country, and to confirm the characteristics of the geothermal resource. In a three-phase program, exploration of the field in question will first be carried out to confirm the characteristics of the geothermal resource; next will be the development of the geothermal field and the construction of a power plant with a capacity of 20 megawatts (MW); and finally the extension of the capacity of this plant to 50 MW.

This project is also part of a geothermal energy development program and will help build the first such plant in Djibouti. It will ultimately increase the green energy production capacity of this country in the Horn of Africa, increase access to electricity, thanks to a more reliable and more efficient source of energy. affordable. It will also reduce Djibouti’s oil imports and greenhouse gas emissions. By improving its access to electrical energy, it will contribute to improving the quality of life of the Djiboutian population.

This additional financing from the Bank will allow the cleaning of well number 2 and make more tests for all the wells in order to collect reliable data, intended for a feasibility study, with an acceptable risk profile for a commercial exploitation.

The Bank’s support is aligned with the current Djibouti Country Strategy Document (CSP) and the Djibouti Vision 2035. It is also in line with the New Pact for Energy in Africa, and responds to the strategic priorities of the Bank, the “High 5”, in particular “Enlighten Africa and supply it with energy.”

Source: African Development Bank