AUC signs Grant Contract with Tulu Moye Geothermal2020-12-14T12:01:16+03:00

AUC signs Grant Contract with Tulu Moye Geothermal

December 9th, 2020

Addis Ababa, 23 November 2020, the African Union Commission (AUC) through its Department of Infrastructure & Energy and TM Geothermal Energy PLC (TMGO) signed a GRMF Grant Contract for the Tulu Moye Drilling Programme.

The Agreement was signed by the AUC Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, and the CEO of TMGO Mr. Darrell Boyd. The AUC’s Project Manager for the GRMF, Mr. Atef Marzouk, and the Principal Energy Expert, Mr. Sylvain Degolmal, congratulate TMGO to this achievement:

We would like to congratulate Tulu Moye Geothermal Energy PLC (TMGO) for achieving this milestone. Furthermore, AUC as the project executing agency for GRMF, plays the key role in the harmonization and coordination of geothermal energy exploration and development in East Africa. Therefore, seeing more drilling as the one going on actually in Tulu Moye, Ethiopia is very encouraging. AUC and its partners KfW, BMZ, EU Africa ITF and FCDO (former DFID), would like to reiterate their commitment to fund bankable geothermal projects with respect to GRMF Financial scheme across East Africa region. We are confident that TMGO with this grant will take the project to the next stage closer to power generation.

The total grant amounts to USD 9,990,279 for co-financing the total cost estimated to USD 26.2 million for the exploration Drilling Programme.


The Tulu Moye Drilling Programme is located about 140 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa in the Oromia Regional State, with Lake Koka to the north and Lake Ziway to the south. Three wells are being funded to explore the Gnaro lava field. The Drilling Programme is a continuation of a Surface Study, which received funding within the second GRMF application round.

Ethiopia’s geothermal energy capacity is estimated to be in excess of 10GW. Only a fraction of this has been developed and even less has attracted private investors, due to the complexities and risks associated with developing a geothermal field. Extensive exploration needs to be completed through the drilling of wells up to 2500km deep which is capital intensive and requires advanced technology. For the private sector, limited public funding is available during the early stages of developing a geothermal field, thus, the cost of the drilling campaign to validate the resource is primarily borne by the project sponsor. The rigorous grant application process validates the work of TMGO in developing the Tulu Moye geothermal field to date and the capital injection from the grant improves the commercial viability of the project for their project sponsors Meridiam & Reykjavik Geothermal. TMGO’s drilling campaign is now fully underway thanks to the support of GRMF and the Team looks forward to completing a successful exploration drilling campaign in Q1 2021.

– Darrell Boyd, CEO of TMGO

Currently, the sixth application round of the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility is in progress. Further information on this can be found here.

Information on Received Expressions of Interest for the 6th GRMF Application Round – 3rd August 20202020-12-09T19:01:42+03:00

Information on Received Expressions of Interest for the 6th GRMF Application Round – 3rd August 2020

August 28th, 2020

The AUC officially acknowledges that on 29 July 2020 seventeen (17) Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility’s 6th Application Round were received on time and were accepted for bid opening, which took place on 3rd August 2020. The seventeen EoI consisted of ten (10) Surface Studies (SS) and seven (7) Drilling Programmes (DP). Eight (8) projects included a request to support infrastructure upgrades. The EoI came from six countries (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia) and were submitted by private, as well as public entities.

The following Table provides an overview of the submitted applications:


Name of Bidder

Country of Bidder

Project name

Project type

1. Empakaa Energy Limited Kenya Emuruepoli Surface Study
2. M&M Trans Africa Trading PLC Ethiopia Boseti Surface Study
3. M&M Trans Africa Trading PLC Ethiopia Kone Surface Study
4. Office Djiboutien de Développement de
l’energie Geothermique (ODDEG)
Djibouti North Ghoubbet Surface Study
5. Office Djiboutien de Développement de
l’energie Geothermique (ODDEG)
Djibouti Alol Surface Study
6. Red Rose Boseti Limited Ethiopia Boseti Surface Study
7. Red Rose Meteka Limited Ethiopia Meteka Surface Study
8. Savannah Renewable Energy Limited Kenya Turkana Surface Study
+ Infrastructure
9. Tanzania Geothermal Development
Company (TGDC)
Tanzania Ibadakuli Surface Study
10. ZESCO Limited Zambia Chongo Surface Study
11. Bantu Energy Uganda Limited Uganda Panyimur Panyigoro Drilling Programme
+ Infrastructure
12. Geothermal Development Company Ltd. (GDC) Kenya Menengai West Drilling Programme
+ Infrastructure
13. Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) PLC Kenya Eburru Drilling Programme
+ Infrastructure
14. Office Djiboutien de Développement de
l’energie Geothermique (ODDEG)
Djibouti North West Assal Drilling Programme
+ Infrastructure
15. Tanzania Geothermal Development Company (TGDC) Tanzania Songwe Drilling Programme
+ Infrastructure
16. Marine Power Generation Ltd Kenya Mt. Margaret Drilling Programme
+ Infrastructure
17. Sosian Energy Limited Kenya Sosian Menengai Highland Drilling Programme
+ Infrastructure
18. Marine Power Generation Ltd Kenya Njorowa Gorge Drilling Programme
+ Infrastructure


Currently, a completeness check, the identification of potential rejection grounds as well as the full evaluation are carried out.

All applicants with successful EoI in AR 6 – including those who have already passed the EoI stage in the AR 1 to AR 5 but have to-date not managed to submit a successful RfA, will be invited to the mandatory pre-bidding workshop. The exact date and location still are to be announced. Invitation letters shall be sent accordingly.

With kind regards,

Your GRMF team

GRMF AR6 Kick-Off Registration – your action is required!!!2020-11-04T12:43:00+03:00

GRMF AR6 Kick-Off Registration – your action is required!!!

April 29th, 2020

Dear Sir or Madam,

Register now for the kick-off Webinar for the 6th Application Round of the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) for East Africa!

As we announced two weeks ago, the kick-off Webinar will take place on 6th May 2020 from 02:00 pm to 04:30 pm (Addis Ababa time (GMT+3)). 

It will not be a public event. If you would like to attend, we kindly ask you to register in advance via email.

Please send the following information to           

  • Name
  • Company / Organization
  • Country
  • Email address

After the registration you will receive a link to participate in the event.

Furthermore, we are pleased to publish also the agenda which shows, that you will get all required information about GRMF and the upcoming application round 6.

Agenda – Kick-Off Webinar (6 May 2020)
Ethiopian Time (GMT+3)
02:00 pm – 02:15 pm Opening Remarks
02:15 pm – 02:30 pm GRMF – Overview & Status
02:30 pm – 02.45 pm Application Procedure
02:45 pm – 03:00 pm Q&A
03:00 pm – 03:15 pm Geotechnical Requirements
03:15 pm – 03:30 pm Q&A
03:30 pm – 03:45 pm E&S Requirements
03:45 pm – 04:00 pm Q&A
04:00 pm – 04:15 pm Procurement Regulations & Early Contracting
04:15 pm – 04:30 pm Q&A
04:30 pm Closing Remarks


We are looking forward to your registrations and your participation in the event.



Kick-Off Meeting for the 6th Application Round2020-11-04T12:43:00+03:00

Kick-Off Meeting for the 6th Application Round

April 17th, 2020

To all GRMF Stakeholders,

The Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) was established to fund, facilitate, and accelerate geothermal development in eleven partner countries in the Eastern African Rift region. It is hosted and managed by the African Union Commission (AUC). Funding is provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) together with the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund (EU Africa ITF) via KfW Development Bank (KfW), and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).The GRMF was launched in 2012. It conducts a series of Application Rounds to identify eligible projects and determine appropriate project funding levels. The 5th Application Round was finalised in October 2018. The GRMF programme has a total funding volume of approximately 115 million USD, which may be increased at the donors‘ discretion.

We are pleased to announce today the date of the kick-off meeting for the 6th Application Round of the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF).

Despite these difficult times, caused by the Covid19 pandemic, GRMF remains fully operational.

The kick-off will be held on 6th of May 2020 from 02:00 pm to 4:30 pm (Addis Ababa time (GMT+3)).

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting will be conducted using webinar software.

During the Kick-off meeting, the GRMF programme will be introduced to potential Applicants and a comprehensive overview of the whole Application procedure will be provided. Furthermore, geotechnical requirements, procurement regulations & early contracting, as well as E&S requirements will be addressed. Participants will be able to ask questions.

More information about the webinar will follow shortly.

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