The African Union Commission (AUC) on the one side and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund (EU ITF) via KfW Entwicklungsbank (KfW) on the other side established the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) to fund geothermal development in Eastern Africa. In addition, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) is making a contribution to the GRMF.
The GRMF was launched in April 2012 and is implemented in a series of application rounds. The 6th Application Round was launched in May 2020.
The programme co-finances surface studies and drilling programmes aimed at developing geothermal energy projects – being a largely untapped indigenous and renewable energy resource. The GRMF programme comprises approx. 122 million USD available for funding. The exact amount will be updated once the current discussions by the GRMF donors are finalized.
Please do find relevant information materials about the programme below:
GRMF Flyer – General Overview
GRMF Brochure – Programme Information
GRMF Booklet – Projects Overview and Activities
After approximately six years, and five application rounds of GRMF, in QII 2018 the Oversight Committee launched an online survey to 29 developers that applied in total for 64 projects (27 drilling programs, and 36 surface studies) in eight different countries between 2013 and 2018, in the course of five application rounds. The objective of the survey was to get an insight into the market, as well as to detect barriers and obstacles which impede the development of geothermal power projects in the region. The official version of the report can be downloaded here.
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