The Ethiopian Government has announced results of 18 months of research and exploration by the Ethiopian Geological Survey with partners. According to the release, the Ethiopian Geological Survey and its partners have identified 23 areas with geothermal energy development potential in the Ethiopian Rift Valley Zone.
According to Tamiru Marsha, Communication Affairs Director at the Ethiopian Geological Survey, the potential of these sites correspond to a combined geothermal power generation capacity potential of over 10,000 MW.
Development of geothermal projects is already underway, e.g. in Aluto Langano, which is described to have a capacity potential of 80 MW. Two new wells have been drilled to a depth of 1,952 and 1,921 meters.
There are also preparations under way for a 100 MW project in Lalo Meda Tendaho from Afar state. Drilling could start in the next two months. Due to the challenge of geothermal development, namely the high up-front cost and exploration risk, the government would allow private investors to invest in geothermal development in Ethiopia.
The result can be seen in the licenses given to geothermal development in Corbetti and Tule Moya, two of the 23 areas identified in the study. Priorities and main focus are given to development in areas with multi-infrastructure access with high energy potential.
The Rift Valley has still more geothermal energy potential and research continues on other areas in the Rift area.
Source Ethiopian Herald