Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Djibouti: French Company Equipping Lake Assal Geothermal Power Project

Developing Geothermal Energy in Djibouti (Vallourec)

Vallourec is delivering oil country tubular goods (OCTG) solutions for the Geothermal Energy project in Djibouti.

Lake Assal is a saline lake, 155 meters below sea level, situated in central-western Djibouti at the top of the Great Rift Valley. The geothermal potential of the area, known for its seismic and volcanic activity, has been studied for many years and now the drilling campaign to capture this energy is under way!  

The project in the Fiale Caldera area of Lake Assal consists of drilling 4 exploration wells for a new geothermal power plant, set to come on-line in 2021. The power plant will have a total capacity of 50 MW. Vallourec is supplying OCTG and VAM® Field Service to the project. The Fiale project is managed by the Project Management Unit under the authority of Electricity of Djibouti, EDD. It is financed by the World Bank, the African Bank for Development, OPIC, French Agency for Development, GEF and ESMAP.