Djibouti geothermal project to become reality

Djibouti geothermal project to become reality Lake Assal, Djibouti (source: flickr/ kakna's world, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 28 Jan 2014

With the recently closed search for a director for the geothermal power generation project at Lake Assal in Djibouti, geothermal development now seems to be closer to reality than they have ever been in the country.

The small African nation of Djibouti will invest $31 million in geothermal power plants to cut reliance on imported electricity from neighbouring Ethiopia, officials said.

The country in the Horn of Africa has a population of less than a million people and peak demand of 70 megawatts of electricity, 65 per cent of which comes through a line connecting the Djiboutian grid with that of Ethiopia, said Djama Ali Guelleh, director of electricity.

The project, to be funded by a range of lenders such as the African Development Bank, will start in 2015, with the first phase producing 50 MW and output doubling after the second phase. Four steam wells will be drilled in the first phase.

“This funding will ensure the commercial viability of exploiting this resource and to significantly increase the supply of affordable energy for people and the sectors of our economy,” said Ilyass Dawaleh Moussa, the minister of economy and finance.”

In the news piece it is reported that the development has been contracted to Reykjavik Energy Invest, but the company does not exist anymore.  Further the African Development Bank ran an Request for Expression of Interest for a Geothermal Power Generation Project’ Director for the Lake Assal region. The deadline for which ran out on January 23, 2014. So news on this are likely imminent later this spring.

Source: India Times