Ethiopia to bring online 70-MW geothermal plant in Apr 2015

(SeeNews) - Sep 16, 2014 - Ethiopia expects to put on stream the 70-MW Aluto-Langano geothermal station in April 2015, the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) said on Saturday, citing a government official.

According to energy study and development follow-up director Gosaye Mengistie, about 78% of the plant’s construction has already been completed. Building activities were initiated in 2013. The geothermal station, situated in the Rift Valley Lakes Region, will be an expansion of a 7-MW facility, which was built in 1998 to test the geothermal resources in the area. The project is being funded through a USD-12-million (EUR 9.3m) grant from the government of Japan, USD 13 million in debt from the World Bank, while the Ethiopian government provided USD 10 million.

Ethiopia aims to install two geothermal facilities of 1,100 MW in total in the next few years. Those will include the 100-MW Tendaho and the 1,000-MW Corbeti plants in Afar state, Mengistie said, as quoted by ENA. The projects are part of the African country’s efforts to lift its power generation by 2015 as demand grows.

Ethiopia’s geothermal potential is estimated at up to 5,000 MW.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.773)


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