GRMF at the COP 24 in Katovice, Poland2018-11-30T16:14:13+00:00

GRMF at the COP 24 in Katovice, Poland

November 30th, 2018

On the occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP24, which will be held in Katowice, Poland, from 2 to 14 December 2018, the African Union Commission (AUC) is delighted to inform all the GRMF stakeholders that it will host a side event on GRMF at COP24. This event will be held on 6 December 2018 from 1:15 to 2:45 PM in Room 2.

The side event will consist of a presentation on GRMF: Summary of the Achievements and Status of GRMF to date, which will be followed by a high level panel discussion on Geothermal Energy Development in East Africa, one of most important Renewable Energy resources in the region. The Discussion will focus on the success achieved and the challenges facing the implementation and opportunities foreseen for the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF), which is a facility for supporting public and private sector investment in geothermal development by mitigating early stage risks.

We would like to seize this opportunity to invite all GRMF stakeholders: developers, beneficiary countries, and all partners who will be attending COP24 or will be in Poland at this date to join our common event.

Thank you,

Your GRMF Team

Results of the 5th Application Round2018-10-18T11:29:07+00:00

Results of the 5th Application Round

October 17th, 2018

The Request for Application (RfA) phase of the 5th GRMF Application Round (AR 5) started on 26 March 2018 after the pre-qualification workshop was held. On 4 June 2018, 9 applications (6 Surface Studies and 3 Drilling Programmes) were formally accepted. These 9 applications were submitted by 7 entities (4 public and 3 private) from 5 countries (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda) – out of the 11 GRMF countries.

We are pleased to announce that 7 projects qualified for grant award in AR 5 of GRMF (4 Surface Studies and 3 Drilling Programmes).

Please find further information about the qualified project in the following table:

No. Applicant Country Project Name Activity
1 GIDS Consult Ltd. Uganda Buranga Surface Study
2 Geothermal Resources Department (GRD) Uganda Kibiro Surface Study
3 Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Ltd. (TGDC) Tanzania Natron Surface Study
4 Geothermal Resources Department (GRD) Uganda Panyimur SS Surface Study
5 Orpower 12, Inc. Ethiopia Dofan Drilling Programme
6 Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Ltd. (TGDC) Tanzania Kiejo-Mbaka Drilling Programme
7 TM Geothermal Operations PLC (TMGO) Ethiopia Tulu-Moye Drilling Programme


The cumulative GRMF financial support – including potential continuation premium- for all qualified applications of AR 5 amounts to approximately USD 28.0 million.

The respective qualification and rejection letters were already sent to all projects that submitted applications.

The GRMF team is very pleased by the results of the Application Round 5 as it clearly shows the development of the East African geothermal market and the increasing number of market players. The development is also reflected by the quality of the applications, the reflected structured process of the projects and finally leading to the objective of the programme: an increased usage of geothermal energy in East Africa.

In addition, we want to inform you about the possibility to meet the complete GRMF team at the 7th African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo-C7) which will be held in Kigali (Rwanda) from 29 October to 4 November 2018.  Face-to-face meetings will be possible on 31 October and 1 November 2018 from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM, with about 30 minutes per developer. Please let us know as soon as possible which date and time you would like to meet us there. Your request should be sent to Mr Sylvain Degolmal Ngaryo (NgaryoS@africa-union.org).

With best regards,

Your GRMF Team

Extension of deadline for documents re-submission by one week2018-10-18T07:54:05+00:00

Extension of deadline for documents re-submission by one week

June 26th, 2018

Dear Applicants,

Due to various requests for an extension of deadline for the re-submission of application documents, we hereby confirm that the deadline is extended by one week from the initially communicated deadline on the feedback letter.

Applicants who have already re-submitted their documents are also entitled to deliver additional information by the new deadline.

We hope this decision supports the delivery of the requested documents both in terms of quantity and quality.

Best regards,

Your GRMF Team

2 Day Workshop on the ‘African Union Code of Practice for Geothermal Drilling’2018-10-31T09:07:04+00:00

2 Day Workshop on the ‘African Union Code of Practice for Geothermal Drilling’

June 26th, 2018

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 26 June 2018, the Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union and the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) organized a 2 Day Workshop on the ‘African Union Code of Practice for Geothermal Drilling’.

The workshop, which took place on 13-14 June 2018 at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was opened by the Director for Infrastructure and Energy, Mr Cheikh Bedda who welcome the large spectrum of participants He was followed in the same vein by the GRMF Project Manager and Head of Energy, Mr Rashid Abdallah who led the delegation of GRMF energy experts, provided to the audience a background for this workshop and its importance for the geothermal projects in Ethiopia particularly and in the Eastern African Countries generally. Dr Georg Mayer, the Program Manager for the Geothermal Program for Eastern Africa (BGR), after introducing the 2 days program, gave the floor to Mr. Gordon Bloomquist, Phd and Mr. Sam Abraham, both instructors with years of experience in geothermal and petroleum fields.

Hundred twenty five (125)  participants took part in the workshop representing all of the public and private developers, as well as international investors and donor agencies currently active in the geothermal industry in Ethiopia.

Please find here the related press release.

All presentations of the workshop can be downloaded under “Events”.

Your GRMF team

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