Information on Received Expressions of Interest for the 7th GRMF Application Round – 31st August 20212021-09-30T16:17:03+03:00

Information on Received Expressions of Interest for the 7th GRMF Application Round – 31st August 2021

September 30th, 2021

The AUC officially acknowledges that on 31 August 2021, ten (10) Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility’s 7th Application Round were received on time and were accepted for bid opening. The seventeen EoI consisted of eight (8) Surface Studies (SS) and two (2) Drilling Programmes (DP). Two (2) projects included a request to support infrastructure upgrades. The EoI came from six countries (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania) 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. Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Limited (TGDC) Tanzania Luhoi Drilling Programme
2. MUMBI Limited Kenya Kiambogo Drilling Programme
3. Amsas Resource Group Pty, Ltd. Somalia Biyo Kulule Surface Study
4. Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL) Rwanda Bugarma Surface Study
5. Reykjavik Geothermal Ethiopia Abaya Sidama Surface Study
6.  Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Limited (TGDC) Tanzania Meru Surface Study
7. M&M Trans Africa Trading PLC Ethiopia Boseti Surface Study
8. Office Djiboutien de Développement de
l’energie Geothermique (ODDEG)
Djibouti Obock Surface Study
9. Red Rose Boseti Limited Ethiopia Boseti Surface Study
10. Red Rose Meteka Limited Ethiopia Meteka Surface Study

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 7 – including those who have already passed the EoI stage in the AR 1 to AR 6 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 will be announced in time. Invitation letters shall be sent accordingly.

With kind regards,

Your GRMF team

Results of the 6th Application Round2021-08-09T17:08:38+03:00

Results of the 6th Application Round

July 12th, 2021

The Request for Application (RfA) phase of the 6th GRMF Application Round (AR 6) started on 30 November 2020 after the pre-qualification workshop was held. On 29 January 2021, 10 applications (3 Surface Studies and 10 Drilling Programmes) were formally accepted. These 10 applications were submitted by 7 entities (4 public and 3 private) from 3 countries (Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania) – out of the 12 GRMF countries.

RGCU is pleased to announce that 5 projects qualified for grant award in AR 6 of GRMF (3 Surface Studies and 2 Drilling Programmes).

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

No. Applicant Country Project Name Activity
1 Office Djiboutien de Développement de

l’energie Geothermique (ODDEG)

Djibouti North Ghoubbet Surface Study
2 Office Djiboutien de Développement de

l’energie Geothermique (ODDEG)

Djibouti Alol Surface Study
3 Empakaa Energy Ltd. Kenya Emuruepoli SS Surface Study
4 Tanzania Geothermal Development Company (TGDC) Tanzania Songwe Drilling Programme
5 Geothermal Development Company (GDC) Kenya Menengai West Drilling Programme


The cumulative GRMF financial support – including potential continuation premium- for all qualified applications of AR 6 amounts to approximately USD 15.6 million. The entire GRMF pipeline thereby reached a volume of USD 165,35 million.

“The results of the 6th GRMF Application Round show the great development of the East African geothermal market and the increasing number of active market players. With more and more successfully implemented projects and a growing project pipeline, we are moving closer and closer to the goal of the programme: an increased usage of geothermal energy in East Africa. We are therefore also looking forward to a high level of participation in the seventh GRMF application round.”

  • Atef Marzouk, Acting Director AUC-Infrastructure and Energy Department

Geothermal developers can provide Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the 7th GRMF Application Round until 31 August 2021. The kick-off webinar for the 7th GRMF Application Round was held on 22 June 2021. All necessary documents can be downloaded from the GRMF-Homepage. Furthermore, detailed information on the application process, presentations and a recording of the kick-off webinar can be found there.

The AUC’s Regional Geothermal Coordination Unit (RGCU) plans to participate in the World Geothermal Congress 2020+1 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Developers will have the opportunity to meet with RGCU directly at the conference. If interested, please contact RGCU prior to the event.

With best regards,

Your GRMF Team

7th GRMF Application Round: Kick-Off Webinar (22 June 2021)2021-06-08T16:28:54+03:00

7th GRMF Application Round: Kick-Off Webinar (22 June 2021)

June 8th, 2021

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are pleased to announce the date for kick-off webinar for the 7th Application Round of the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) for East Africa, which will be on 22nd of June 2021 from 02:00 pm to 4:30 pm (Addis Ababa time (GMT+3)). As this webinar is not intended to be a public event, we kindly ask you to register until 18 June 2021 via email.

To register, 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.

Agenda of the webinar is as shown below:

Agenda – Kick-Off Webinar (22nd June 2021)
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.

Kind regards,

Your GRMF Team

AUC signs Grant Contract with the Geothermal Development Company (GDC)2021-03-03T12:20:06+03:00

AUC signs Grant Contract with the Geothermal Development Company (GDC)

February 26th, 2021

Addis Ababa, 27 January 2021,

The African Union Commission (AUC) through its Department of Infrastructure & Energy and the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) have signed a GRMF Grant Contract for the Paka Drilling Programme.

The Agreement was signed by the AUC Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, the Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury and Planning Hon. Amb. Ukur Yatani EGH and the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) Eng. Jared O. Othieno.

The AUC’s Project Manager for the GRMF, Mr. Atef Marzouk, and the Energy Expert, Mr. Sylvain Degolmal, congratulate GDC on this achievement. “The African Union Commission (AUC) would like to congratulate the Geothermal Development Company (GDC), a fully government-owned company in Kenya, on the signing of the Grant Contract.” GDC is the first public developer to sign the grant contract with AUC which both symbolic and encouraging. By reaching this milestone, GDC through the Kenyan National Treasury and Planning ministry has demonstrated the commitment of the Government of Kenya to expand the development of geothermal resources in the country. The AUC and its partners KfW, BMZ, EU Africa ITF and FCDO (former DFID), are committed to fund bankable geothermal projects with respect to GRMF Financial scheme across East Africa region.

The total grant for the Paka Geothermal Project is USD 5,162,910. This is split to support 40% of the total drilling cost (drilling and testing programme) and 20% of the total infrastructure development (infrastructure upgrade) cost of the project. Through this support, GDC will drill two deep geothermal wells and upgrade the existing infrastructure to allow further development of the geothermal resource in the Project area.

The Paka Geothermal Project is located in the vast Baringo – Silali Geothermal Province. It is part of the first geothermal drilling programme (Baringo – Silali), north of the equator within Kenya’s East African Rift System. The project is situated 25km north of Lake Baringo and approximately 120km south of the largest desert lake, L. Turkana.

The Paka Geothermal Project is an integral component of GDC’s strategic plan, where the company envisions the development of 1,065MW from geothermal sources by 2030. Of this, approximately 100MW will be sourced from the Paka Geothermal Project.

“GDC would like to appreciate the African Union Commission (AUC) and its partners KfW, BMZ, EU Africa ITF and FCDO for the highly-significant GRMF funding support aimed at mitigating the high risks associated with geothermal development. We look forward to a continued partnership with GRMF in the development of our geothermal projects moving forward,” said GDC MD&CEO on signing the Grant Contract.

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