Monday, December 18, 2017

East Africa: 11 Expressions of Interest Received for Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility 5th Application Round

Information on Receiving 5th AR Expression of Interest – 12th December 2017 (News Release)


The African Union Commission (AUC) officially acknowledges that on 12 December 2017 11 Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) 5th Application Round (AR) were received on time and were accepted for bid opening, which took place on the same date. The eleven EoIs consisted of 6 Surface Studies and 5 Drilling Programmes. Apart from 5 SS projects all included a request to support related infrastructure to upgrades. The EoI came from 6 countries (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania) and were submitted by private, as well as public entities:
  1. Office Djiboutien de Développement de l'Energie Géothermique  (ODDEG), Djibouti, North-East Ghoubbet, Surface Study
  2. Office Djiboutien de Développement de l'Energie Géothermique  (ODDEG), Djibouti, Dimbil-Dirdir (Goros), Drilling Programme + I
  3. Office Djiboutien de Développement de l'Energie Géothermique  (ODDEG), Djibouti, North-West Assal, Drilling Programme + I
  4. Cluff Geothermal Ltd., Ethiopia, Fantale, Drilling Programme + I
  5. OrPower 12 Inc., Ethiopia, Dofan, Drilling Programme + I, 
  6. Energy Development Corporation Ltd. (EDCL), Rwanda, Gisenyi, Surface Study, 
  7. Diamond Grip Construction Company Ltd., Kenya, Emuru-Angogolak, Surface Study + I
  8. GIDS Geothermal, Uganda, Buranga, Surface Study
  9. Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Limited (TGDC), Tanzania, Kiejo-Mbaka, Drilling Programme + I
  10. Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Limited (TGDC), Tanzania, Natron, Surface Study
  11. Geothermal Resources Department (GRD), Uganda, Panyimur, Surface Study
Currently, a completeness check, the identification of potential rejection grounds as well as the full evaluation are carried out. It is envisioned that all applicants shall receive feedback regarding their EoI in the end of February 2018.

All applicants with successful EoI in AR 5 – including those who have already passed the EoI stage in the AR 1 to AR 4 but have to-date not managed to submit a successful RfA, will be invited to the mandatory pre-bidding workshop.  The exact date and location still are to be announced. Invitation letters shall be sent accordingly.