The Facility aims to attract public and private developers and to mobilise finance for the construction of at least four geothermal power plants (installed capacity of 300 MW) which will feed a clean and reliable energy into power grids in Eastern Africa. The Facility supports projects located in Eastern Africa in the countries that have signed the Addis Ababa resolution with the African Union Commission (AUC) on Geothermal Energy, namely: Burundi, Comores, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Furthermore, the programme aims to support the market development of geothermal energy production in East Africa and puts incentives to accelerate the development of the geothermal energy sector in the region.
The EU-AITF grant is being used for the following:
- Financing (80%) of Surface studies to determine the optimal location of exploration wells at the most promising geothermal prospects.
- Financial support for drilling of exploration wells (40% for three boreholes) at the most promising geothermal prospects to assist developers secure finance for subsequent exploration or appraisal wells.
- Providing information regarding geothermal prospects in the region.
- Pre-application training workshops for developers.
- Support to AUC for management of the project. The 1st call for proposal was launched in October 2012, the 5th Application round was procured in 2018.
For more information, read the Flyer describing the project
Press release - Pre-application Information Workshop and the agenda of the Pre-application Information Workshop.