The main objective of the project is to support the economic development of Ethiopia through the development of geothermal, a clean and reliable renewable energy resource therefore enhancing Ethiopian resilience to climate change.
For the Tendaho field, the Government of Ethiopia has set two targets:
- the delineation and initial development of the shallow reservoir allowing in the short term exploitation of the shallow resource at the maximum sustainable capacity, presently estimated to be at least 10 MW;
- the exploration of the deep reservoir by the initial drilling of deep exploration wells. The Government of Ethiopia’s target is the development in the medium terms of at least 100 MW of generation capacity.
As at June 2016, Ethiopian Electric Power’s (EEP) has completed the clearance of the Conditions Precedent for the first disbursement.
The EU-AITF technical assistance grant will be used to complement the joint implementation unit staff and train them for drilling purposes. The TA will be disbursed together with a loan from the French Development Agency, AFD, as lead financier. The Geothermal Service Company has been chosen from an International Open Tender (Electroconsult, Italy). The contract will be signed by the end of September 2017.