GRMF Online Survey for Early Market Engagement2019-02-14T12:48:56+00:00

GRMF Online Survey for Early Market Engagement

February 14th, 2019

Dear Developers,

After five successful Application Rounds of the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) with 30 awarded projects, the Regional Geothermal Coordination Unit (RGCU) of the African Union Commission (AUC) would like to gather key facts of planned geothermal projects in Eastern Africa, in order to assess the market potential for a sixth Application Round.

We are looking for:

  • complete new geothermal projects, or
  • projects which have been rejected in the previous Applications Rounds.


The project activities can be:

  • surface studies including temperature gradient wells, or
  • exploration drilling and testing programmes

in one of the eleven eligible GRMF countries (see Figure 1).

Please fill the survey form until 6 March 2019 on this external link.

Feel free to contact the GRMF team via the website www.grmf-eastafrica.org. The survey will take approx. 10 minutes (depending on your internet connectivity).

If the assessment for a sixth Application Round is positive, it will be announced on the GRMF website, and other channels. Furthermore, all stakeholders (including participants of this survey) as well as relevant media will be informed accordingly.

Your GRMF team


Figure 1: Eligible countries of the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility.

Note: All data as submitted by the participants will be kept confidential by the GRMF.

Announcement for the Appointment of the New Project Manager for the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF)2019-01-22T08:38:32+00:00

Announcement for the Appointment of the New Project Manager for the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF)

January 21st, 2019

Dear Developers,

Greetings from the GRMF team, which seizes the opportunity to wish you a prosperous and happy New Year!

Following the appointment of Mr Rashid Ali Abdallah as the Director for African Energy Commission (AFREC) in Algiers, Algeria, we would like to inform you that Mr Atef Marzouk, the Acting Head of Energy Division within the Infrastructure and Energy Department, has been appointed as the Project Manager for GRMF effective on 26 November 2018.

The Regional Geothermal Coordination Unit: Mr Matthias Klarl (Local Technical Consultant), Mrs Tsemre Esayas (Project Assistant), Mr Atef Marzouk (GRMF Project Manager), Mr Sylvain Degolmal Ngaryo (Principal Energy Expert), Mr Sahr Foday (Senior Procurement Officer), and Mr Philippe Niyongabo (Energy Expert).

The GRMF will continue to support and work closely in order to expand the development of geothermal resources in East Africa.

Your GMRF team

Official Report on the GRMF Developer Survey 20182019-01-15T10:08:55+00:00

Official Report on the GRMF Developer Survey 2018

January 15th, 2019

To all GRMF Stakeholders:

After approximately six years, and five application rounds of GRMF, the Oversight Committee (OC) wanted to get a direct and structured feedback of all developers that applied since the first application round. Therefore, in QII 2018 the Regional Geothermal Coordination Unit (RGCU) launched an online survey to 29 developers (10 public, and 19 private ones) 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. Out of the 64 applications, so far 30 projects have been awarded for GRMF grants.

The objective of this 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 inputs and answers of the developers should reveal their perception of GRMF, improve the performance of the program, and help to identify barriers for the development of the geothermal sector in East Africa. Next to the AUC (with its RGCU) and the donors to understand the particular markets, the report is addressed to project developers, ministries and authorities in the eligible countries, energy policy makers and advisors, as well as to development banks and agencies.

The main sections of the “GRMF Developer Survey 2018” were the following:

  • Program related aspects
  • Developer related aspects
  • Regulatory aspects

The report shall compile and analyse the findings of the survey. The official version of the report can be downloaded here.

Kind regards

Your GRMF Team

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

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