Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Ethiopia: 170 MW of Geothermal Energy in Development

Ethiopia plans to harness 5,000 MW of geothermal energy (Walta Information Center)

Ministry of Mines, Petrol and Natural Gas has made public Ethiopia’s plan to harness 5,000 Mega Watts (MW) of geothermal energy by 2037.

The newly appointed Minister, Motuma Mekassa, said that Ethiopia is intensively working to developing renewable energy sources like geothermal energy and expand its partnership with other African countries while addressing the opening of the 6th African Rift Geothermal Conference undergoing here in Addis Ababa today.  

According to Motuma, Ethiopia has identified 22 geothermal prospective sites so far. He said that the country has already started developing Aluto- Langano and Tendaho geothermal fields.

It was noted that the two sites respectively will generate 70 MW and 100 MW of energy by the time become fully operational.