Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ethiopia: Geological Survey Identifies 22 Potential Geothermal Resoucres

Ethiopia capable to generate over 10,000 MW geothermal energy: Study (Fana Broadcasting Corporate)

The Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) said Ethiopia could generate over 10,000 MW from geothermal energy. Public Relations and Communication Director at GES, Tamiru Mersha, made the remark based on the study his institution conducted in the rift valley region, an area endowed with high temperature. According to him, 22 potential areas for geothermal energy production were identified through the study.

Apart from identifying potential areas, a project has been designed to generate 70 MW from Alutu-Langano project by drilling four holes in collaboration with the Japanese government. The drilling of two holes with 1,920 and 1,953 meters depth has already been completed, he said.  According to Tamiru, the GSE would hand over the remaining two holes to the Ethiopian Electric Power this year.

He further said preparations are underway to begin work on another project that could generate 100 MW around Tendaho area, Afar regional state. The GSE would work with Ethiopian Electric Power to identify potential areas and drill holes as various stakeholders have expressed interest to take part in the sector.