GRMF HEAT – Application Round One Concluded

The RGCU, Regional Geothermal Coordination Unit, as managing team for the GRMF is pleased to announce that the first GRMF HEAT application round has been completed.

The GRMF HEAT application was launched as a first trial round in December 2022. The programme provides funding for Surface Studies including Feasibility studies for geothermal direct use application in eligible countries.

Out of ten full applications, five projects received an awarding letter last week and thus qualify for grant contract negotiations with the African Union Commission.

The awarded projects are located in Kenya, Tanzania & Rwanda. In Rwanda the Gisenyi project, which will be the first GRMF funded project in Rwanda.

The following map shows the location of the funded projects:

Figure 1: GRMF HEAT Awarded Projects

The awarded projects cover a range of direct use applications, from crop drying, milk pasteurization, aquaculture to industrial brewery processes.

Geothermal direct use has numerous social economic and environmental benefits, such as reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, reduction of deforestation, savings on energy spending, improved food security and improved quality of life.

The potential for projects in East Africa is huge and the projects contribute directly to independence on fossil fuel imports and regional value creation.

The RGCU is looking forward to accompanying the progress of the projects.

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Your GRMF Team


February 28th, 2024|

World Geothermal Congress 2023

From 15 – 17 September 2023, Rödl & Partner an Mannvit represented GRMF at the World Geothermal Congress 2023 in Beijing, China.

September 22nd, 2023|

GRMF HEAT Pre-Bidding Workshop, Nairobi – Kenya

From 13 to 15 June 2023 the GRMF HEAT Pre-Bidding Workshop was held at the Nairobi Safari Club.



June 20th, 2023|

GRMF HEAT – Expressions of Interest

The GRMF HEAT bid opening took place on 27thMarch 2023 at 10:30 am (EAT).

The following Expressions of Interest (EoI) were received.

Project Code Name of Bidder Project
01-SSH-01-KE GDC Menengai West
01-SHH-02-DJ ODDEG Lac Abhé
01-SHH-03-DJ ODDEG Ambado
01-SHH-04-RW EDCL Gisenyi
01-SHH-05-ET EMS Consulting Gedemsa
01-SHH-06-KE GEG Akiira
01-SHH-07-KE GEG Suguta
01-SHH-08-KE Hudson Drilling Eburru
01-SHH-09-ET 4th Resource Corp Harmokale
01-SHH-10-KE Mumbi Limited Elementaita
01-SHH-11-TZ Diageo Great Britain Limited Serengeti Brewerey
01-SHH-12-KE Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology Nakuru
01-SHH-13-TZ TGDC Ibadakuli
01-SHH-14-TZ TGDC Kisaki
01-SHH-15-TZ TGDC Manyara
01-SHH-16-UG Ministry of Mineral Development Uganda Kabuga
01-SHH-17-UG Ministry of Mineral Development Uganda Karungu
April 27th, 2023|


The African Union Commission’s Regional Geothermal Coordination Unit (RGCU) is currently searching for a country representative as a member of the GRMF Oversight Committee (OC).

We hereby request the Energy Ministries of the GRMF eligible countries to propose a candidate.

A candidate with a background in geothermal is preferred. Please note that the candidate cannot be involved with a GRMF-funded project by a public or private developer. The position offers no financial compensation, except for travel cost and accommodation in case of personal meetings.

As a member of the Oversight Committee, the country representative of the eligible GRMF countries takes a supervising role while fulfilling the following tasks:

  • Discuss and decide on major organizational issues.
  • Discuss and decide on any special case in the GRMF operations that is not clearly regulated in the GRMF Standard Documents.
  • Approve or reject applications to the Facility, based on the EoI Evaluation Reports for each Application Round.
  • Recommend refining the Facility to ensure that its stated objective is met. The OC
    s recommendations will be based on the finding of reports prepared by the Auditor, Legal Advisor, the Regional Geothermal Coordination Unit (RGCU) and a Technical Consultant.
  • Adopt and amend the GRMF Standard Documents with support of the RGCU and a Technical Consultant.

Yo can get in touch with the RGCU here.

Your GRMF Team

April 27th, 2023|

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