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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

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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

AUC signs grant contract with Capital Power Ltd for Homa Hills Surface Study Project2018-08-03T09:16:50+00:00

AUC signs grant contract with Capital Power Ltd for Homa Hills Surface Study Project

May 28th, 2018

Nairobi, Kenya, 23 May 2018, the African Union Commission (AUC), through its Department of Infrastructure & Energy and Capital Power Limited signed another GRMF Grant Contract for the Homa Hills surface study project. The agreement was signed by the AUC Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, and the CEO of Capital Power Ltd., Mr. Tony Wanyama.

The two AUC Energy Experts for the GRMF, Mr. Philippe Niyongabo, and Mr. Sylvain Degolmal, congratulated Mr. Tony Wanyama, as well as other representatives of Capital Power Ltd. in person for this achievement. The total grant amounts to USD 720,490 for co-financing the total cost estimated to USD 1.1 million for the surface study. The Homa Hills geothermal prospect is located about 50 km north of Kendu Bay in the Nyanzian Rift. It is on a broad peninsula at the eastern edge of Lake Victoria and is the first geothermal project earmarked for development in Nyanza area.

The official press release can be found here.

Your GRMF team

Infrastructure costs for additional well applications2018-08-03T09:15:14+00:00

Infrastructure costs for additional well applications

May 22nd, 2018

Dear developers,

On 8 May 2018 during the 14th GRMF Oversight Committee, it was decided that developers with awarded drilling programmes of Application Round 1 to 4, and with plans to apply for an additional well under the GRMF, now also can include eligible costs for infrastructure upgrades in the additional well application. The costs for infrastructure upgrades that are related to the additional well have not been considered as eligible in the previous application forms for the additional well. The updated application forms for the additional well can be downloaded here.

Your GRMF team

AUC Signing GRMF Grant Agreement with Reykjavik Geothermal in Ethiopia2018-10-29T18:32:00+00:00

AUC Signing GRMF Grant Agreement with Reykjavik Geothermal in Ethiopia

April 10th, 2018

On 10 April 2018, the AUC signed another GRMF Grant Contract for the Abaya surface study project of Reykjavik Geothermal in Ethiopia. The agreement was signed by the AUC Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, and the Country Manager for Ethiopia, Mr. Jón Örn Jónsson, in the AUC HQ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 10 April 2018. The Director for the Infrastructure & Energy Department, and Chairperson of the GRMF Oversight Committee, Mr. Cheikh Bedda, as well as the Head of the Energy Division, and GRMF Project Manager, Mr. Rashid Ali Abdallah, congratulated Mr. Jón Örn Jónsson in person for this achievement.

The total grant amounts to USD 1,376,566 USD and represents 80% of the total cost estimated to USD 1.7 million for the surface study, located some 275 km south of Addis Ababa.

Your GRMF team

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AR 5 Pre-bidding Workshop held at AUC HQ on 26 and 27 March 20182018-10-29T18:50:58+00:00

AR 5 Pre-bidding Workshop held at AUC HQ on 26 and 27 March 2018

April 5th, 2018

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 5 April 2018: The Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union organized the obligatory pre-bidding workshop for all AR 5 applicants that have successfully passed the pre-qualification stage. The workshop took place on 26 and 27 March 2018 at the AUC HQ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It included different sessions to inform the pre-qualified developers about the application and evaluation stage, the GRMF Procurement Manual, the environmental and social (E&S) requirements, specific aspects of the surface study and drilling programme applications, as well as the AWC Guidelines. Please click here to download all presentations in one single badge as ZIP file.

The second part of the workshop was dedicated to face-to-face meeting with all pre-qualified developers, in order to discuss individually the EoI feedback letters, and to give further guidance on the Request for Application (RfA).

Participants of the workshop included representatives of the AUC, the Technical Consultant (TC) team, and public and private developers from  Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Kindly below some impressions of the workshop.

Your GRMF team

Dear developers, With regards to the upcoming AR 5 Pre-bidding Workshop from 26 to 27 March 2018 at the AUC HQ in Addis Ababa, please find here the Registration form. We are looking forward to receiving your registration until 21 March 2018. Your GRMF team2018-08-03T09:01:26+00:00

Dear developers, With regards to the upcoming AR 5 Pre-bidding Workshop from 26 to 27 March 2018 at the AUC HQ in Addis Ababa, please find here the Registration form. We are looking forward to receiving your registration until 21 March 2018. Your GRMF team

April 1st, 2018

Dear developers,

During the last GRMF Oversight Committee (OC) meeting on 27 March 2018, there has been an important decision for those developers with an awarded surface study (SS) application. This OC decision is related to the GRMF rule that allows developers with a successfully implemented surface study to skip the pre-qualification stage stage (EoI stage) for their planned drilling programme (DP), and to submit directly a full application. In this regard, the GRMF Developer Manual states the following:

“In two exceptional cases developers are exempted from the pre-qualification stage, meaning that they may directly submit a full application after attending the obligatory pre-bidding workshop:

  • (…)
  • The project already has benefited from GRMF surface study grant with significant positive results (approved integrated resource report as final report of surface study being prerequisite).”

Therefore, the RGCU wants to inform that developers with an awarded surface study application will only be considered for this rule, in case they have a signed GRMF Grant Contract in place until 4 June 2018, 16:00H o’clock (4:00 PM Addis Ababa, local time).

This date is also the deadline for the submission of the full applications in the 5thGRMF Application Round (AR 5). Developers with a signed GRMF Grant Contract for surface studies in place (until 4 June 2018), and with plans for a drilling programme (DP) funded by GRMF, must submit their full application for the DP within one year from the above mentioned deadline, i.e. until

4 June 2019, 16:00H o’clock (4:00 PM Addis Ababa, local time).

The full application must follow the requirements as set for AR 5, and developers must use the application forms of AR 5. In case there are any changes in the requirements or in the applicaton forms, this will be announced on the GRMF website respectively.

Furthermore, the applicant takes the full risk that

  • he will not reach the threshold of 70 points in the application procedure and therefore will not be considered for a GRMF Grant,
  • he will not be considered for a GRMF Grant due to limited funding even if reaching the threshold of 70 points,
  • the GRMF Grant Contract covers only parts of the project that has been applied for (e.g. due to non-eligible costs being included in the project budget), or
  • the GRMF Grant Contract will not be signed for any other reason.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any uncertainty.

Best regards

Your GRMF team

AR 5 Pre-bidding Workshop – Registration form2018-08-03T08:59:48+00:00

AR 5 Pre-bidding Workshop – Registration form

March 18th, 2018

Dear developers,

With regards to the upcoming AR 5 Pre-bidding Workshop from 26 to 27 March 2018 at the AUC HQ in Addis Ababa, please find here the Registration form.

We are looking forward to receiving your registration until 21 March 2018.

Your GRMF team

Overview of the NZ-AGF Technical Assistance programme2018-08-03T08:58:44+00:00

Overview of the NZ-AGF Technical Assistance programme

March 7th, 2018

Dear developers,

Please find here an overview and anticipated process for accessing Technical Assistance through the New Zealand-Africa Geothermal Facility (NZ-AGF).

Your GRMF team

Clarification for additional well applications2018-08-03T08:57:13+00:00

Clarification for additional well applications

February 25th, 2018

Dear developers,

On 10 September 2017, the RGCU of the AUC published the application forms for the funding of an additional full-size well under GRMF. In this regard, the RGCU has received an inquiry from a developer whose cost estimate for the first two well has already been approved by GRMF. The developer requested clarification, what costs should be included in the new cost estimate for the additional full-size well: the costs as stated in the previously approved cost estimate, or the costs based on the prices as available today.

The RGCU hereby confirms that developers applying for an additional full-size well should submit the cost estimate based on the prices as available today, but need to be aware that the caps according to AWC guidelines apply. In any case, the previously approved cost estimate for the first wells remains unchanged.

In the context of the submission of cost estimates, in addition to previously approved cost estimates, an already published decision of the RGCU must be pointed out again: Developers can include additional ESIA costs in the cost estimate that have been omitted in the initial application, but no other amendments / further costs can be added to the cost estimate. Please note that only eligible ESIA costs as defined in the GRMF Developer Costs can be added to the previously approved cost estimate.

Your GRMF team

Clarification for additional well applications2018-08-03T08:56:16+00:00

Clarification for additional well applications

February 14th, 2018

The Regional Geothermal Coordination Unit (RGCU) of the AUC is organizing the obligatory GRMF pre-bidding workshop for all AR 5 applicants that have successfully passed the pre-qualification stage. It will take place from 26 to 27 March 2018 at the AUC HQ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The aim is to ensure high-quality applications by clearly explaining the application, evaluation and procurement processes.

Further details will be announced after the delivery of the feedback letters to the AR 5 applicants.

Your GRMF team

Information on Receiving 5th AR Expression of Interest – 12th December 20172018-08-03T08:54:37+00:00

Information on Receiving 5th AR Expression of Interest – 12th December 2017

December 17th, 2017

The AUC officially acknowledges that on 12 December 2017 eleven (11) Expression of Interest (EoI) for the GRMF 5th Application Round were received on time and were accepted for bid opening, which took place on the same date. The eleven EoI consisted of six (6) Surface Studies and five (5) Drilling Programmes. Apart from five (5) SS projects all included a request to support related infrastructure to upgrades. The EoI came from 6 countries (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania) and were submitted by private, as well as public entities.

The following table provides an overview of the submitted applications:

No.

Name of Bidder

Country of Bidder

Project name

Project type

1.

Office Djiboutien de Développement de l’Energie Géothermique  (ODDEG)

Djibouti

North-East Ghoubbet

Surface Study

2.

Office Djiboutien de Développement de l’Energie Géothermique  (ODDEG)

Djibouti

Dimbil-Dirdir (Goros)

Drilling Programme

+ Infrastructure

3.

Office Djiboutien de Développement de l’Energie Géothermique  (ODDEG)

Djibouti

North-West Assal

Drilling Programme

+ Infrastructure

4.

Cluff Geothermal Ltd.

Ethiopia

Fantale

Drilling Programme

+ Infrastructure

5.

OrPower 12 Inc.

Ethiopia

Dofan

Drilling Programme

+ Infrastructure

6.

Energy Development Corporation Ltd. (EDCL)

Rwanda

Gisenyi

Surface Study

7.

Diamond Grip Construction Company Ltd.

Kenya

Emuru-Angogolak

Surface Study

+ Infrastructure

8.

GIDS Geothermal

Uganda

Buranga

Surface Study

9.

Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Limited (TGDC)

Tanzania

Kiejo-Mbaka

Drilling Programme

+ Infrastructure

10.

Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Limited (TGDC)

Tanzania

Natron

Surface Study

11.

Geothermal Resources Department (GRD)

Uganda

Panyimur

Surface Study

Currently, a completeness check, the identification of potential rejection grounds as well as the full evaluation are carried out. It is envisioned that all applicants shall receive feedback regarding their EoI in the end of February 2018.

All applicants with successful EoI in AR 5 – including those who have already passed the EoI stage in the AR 1 to AR 4 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

Technical Assistance for GRMF: Appointment of Facility Manager for NZ-AGF2018-10-29T18:17:17+00:00

Technical Assistance for GRMF: Appointment of Facility Manager for NZ-AGF

November 20th, 2017

The New Zealand Government and the African Union Commission (AUC) are pleased to have appointed Mr Markos Melaku as Facility Manager to establish and implement the New Zealand-Africa Geothermal Facility (NZ-AGF).  Mr Melaku is a professional engineer with extensive public and private sector geothermal experience in Africa, South East Asia and New Zealand.  Mr Melaku will be located at the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and play an integral leadership role to establish the Facility and identify opportunities to deploy New Zealand’s geothermal expertise in the region through the NZ-AGF.

The NZ AGF will provide responsive, flexible and timely geothermal technical assistance and capacity building within East African countries and, as appropriate, assist with funding applications to the existing Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF), in order to help develop regional geothermal energy resources.  The facility – managed under the New Zealand Aid Programme – will have a budget of some $NZD10 million over the next five years. The overall goal of the NZ-AGF is to expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy in East African nations from geothermal energy resources.

The GRMF was established by the AUC in 2012 with the objective to encourage public and private investors to develop geothermal prospects for power generation in East Africa by providing cost sharing grants for surface studies and drilling confirmation wells. To date, the GRMF has achieved significant success in supporting geothermal energy development by awarding around USD 90 million in grants for 26 projects in Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. For details, please visit the GRMF website: https://www.grmf-eastafrica.org.

New Zealand’s Ambassador to the African Union, Mr. Bruce Shepherd, described New Zealand as having “world-class geothermal expertise that has been instrumental in geothermal projects around the globe.  New Zealand’s geothermal industry is recognized as an international centre of excellence and partner of choice.” He added “this new facility will reinforce relationships between New Zealand and East Africa established through geothermal collaboration more than 40 years ago”.

New Zealand is the fourth largest generator of geothermal power in the world, and geothermal contributed approximately 20% of the country’s electricity last year; the use of geothermal heat in industrial and agricultural processing has been important for many years and is receiving renewed attention.  New Zealand is keen to share this experience with East African countries where there is a growing focus on their geothermal potential.

This Facility is implemented under the New Zealand and the African Union Commission Partnership Arrangement signed at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in June, 2017.

Clarifications for low and medium enthalpy projects2018-08-03T08:52:25+00:00

Clarifications for low and medium enthalpy projects

November 5th, 2017

Dear developers,

As discussed during the last GRMF workshop on 10 and 11 October 2017 in Nairobi, here are further clarifications regarding the evaluation of low and medium enthalpy projects within the GRMF.

In order to receive a positive evaluation result from GRMF it is important, for all developers, to deliver a good, coherent, application. The proposed items to be funded i.e. survey methods or wells, need to be appropriate for the described resource and supported with studies of the resource. In a surface study application, the developer should describe how the suggested studies support siting the first wells. In a drilling programme application, the developer should describe how he believes that sufficient temperature and fluid will be obtained and support their statements with studies. GRMF supports temperature gradient wells at surface study stage and both slim and full size exploration wells as drilling programs. The definition of different wells can be found in the term definition of the GRMF Developer Manual and the parameters for different kind of wells can be found in the AWC guideline document.

With regards to low-medium enthalpy systems: The key criteria for the evaluation are that the project is focusing on power generation and that the application proves the economic viability of the project, in the form of a coherent business plan. This can be underpinned e.g. by direct use opportunities and the description of positive examples in the respective country if they are available.

Summarized, we want to encourage all developers with low and medium enthalpy projects to consider the submission of an application, on the base of the clarifications given above. We look forward to receiving your eligible EoI before 12 December 2017, 16:00 hrs Ethiopian time.

The GRMF standard documents for the RfA stage, with adjustments in the application forms, will be provided on the GRMF webpage after the EoI stage.

Best regards

Your GRMF team

AUC Signing GRMF Grant Agreement with Olsuswa Energy in Kenya2018-10-29T18:44:44+00:00

AUC Signing GRMF Grant Agreement with Olsuswa Energy in Kenya

November 2nd, 2017

On 10 October 2017, the AUC signed another GRMF grant contract for the Barrier surface study project of Olsuswa Energy Limited in Kenya. The agreement was signed by the AUC Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, and the Director of Olsuswa Energy Limited Mr. Mugwe Manga, in Nairobi, Kenya on 10 October 2017.

The total grant amounts to USD 980,000 and represents 80% of the total cost estimated to USD 1.6 million for the surface study, located at the Barrier volcanic complex as the northernmost geothermal prospect in Kenya.

Please find the related AUC press release here.

Your GRMF team

Evaluation workshop on the GRMF & Kick-off meeting of the 5th GRMF Application Round2018-10-29T18:45:39+00:00

Evaluation workshop on the GRMF & Kick-off meeting of the 5th GRMF Application Round

October 30th, 2017

Nairobi, Kenya 14 October 2017: The Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union organized an evaluation workshop on the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) operationalization and a kick-off meeting of the 5th GRMF Application Round, followed by field visits to geothermal projects, from 10th to 13th October 2017 in Kenya.

The evaluation workshop and a kick-off meeting of the 5th GRMF Application Round took place on the 10-11 October in Nairobi, while the field visits were organized on the 12th for Menengai drilling site (near Nakuru) and on 13th for Olkaria site (near Naivasha).

Seventy five (75) participants took part in the workshop including officials and experts from GRMF eligible countries (Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia), representatives of the African Union Commission, Development Partners (KFW, DFID, BGR and New Zealand MFAT) and geothermal developers (public and private).

Please find here the related press release.

Your GRMF team

AUC Signing GRMF Grant Agreement with ODDEG in Djibouti2018-10-29T18:49:26+00:00

AUC Signing GRMF Grant Agreement with ODDEG in Djibouti

October 18th, 2017

On 27 September 2017, the AUC signed another GRMF grant contract for the Arta surface study project of L’Office Djiboutien de Développement de l’Energie Géothermique (ODDEG) in Djibouti. The agreement was signed by H.E. Mr. Mohamed Hassan Abdillahi, Secretary General of the Government of Djibouti, and H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy.

The total grant amounts to USD 959,687 and represents 80% of the total cost estimated to USD 1.2 million for the surface study located on a broad valley lying on the Gulf of Tadjoura approximately 30 km east of the Djibouti City.

Please find the related AUC press release here.

Your GRMF team

GRMF Workshop – Final agenda2018-08-03T08:43:52+00:00

GRMF Workshop – Final agenda

October 8th, 2017

Please find here the final agenda for the GRMF workshop from 10 to 13 October 2017.

Your GRMF team

GRMF Workshop – Registration form2018-10-29T18:48:06+00:00

GRMF Workshop – Registration form

September 7th, 2017

Dear all,

With regards to the upcoming GRMF Workshop from 10 to 13 October 2017 in Nairobi, please find here the Registration form.

We are looking forward to receiving your registration until 27 September 2017.

Your GRMF team

New GRMF regulations2018-08-03T08:38:53+00:00

New GRMF regulations

August 16th, 2017

According to the decision of the GRMF Oversight Committee, on 9 August 2017 new GRMF regulations entered into force. These adaptions are based on the experience from the last four application rounds and are aiming for a better use of funds and consequently for a bigger impact on the geothermal market.

The major changes in the GRMF regulations include the following:

Introduction of the “Project pipeline concept”

Due to various challenges after the signing of the grant contract, the procedure and the documents required for grant contract signing have been adapted. Therefore all projects reaching more than 70 points in the evaluation of the application are included in the project pipeline. A project developer only will be invited for grant contract signing, if all required documents are submitted.. By this only projects with a perspective for further proceeding shall be invited for grant contract signing, as long as sufficient funds are available. This approach is aiming to create further competition below the GRMF awarded projects and to reduce administrative effort. In addition it shall enhance the development of the geothermal sector in East Africa.

Funding of an additional full size well

While the objective of the project pipeline is to accelerate the process of geothermal development in Eastern Africa, GRMF increases at the same time its funding possibilities and intensities by including the funding of an additional full size well into the initial drilling program (so far only possible within the continuation premium (CP)). The new rule is open both for projects with expired grant contracts and those before grant contract signing as well as for projects applying in coming application rounds. The following drilling programmes therefore become eligible under the GRMF (d) to f) showing the new options):

a)         2 full size wells

b)         3 slim holes

c)         2 slim holes & 1 full size well

d)         3 full size wells

e)         3 slim holes & 1 full size well

f)         2 slim holes & 2 full size wells

This approach, next to the project pipeline, shall additionally enhance the development of the geothermal sector in East Africa.

The amendments of the GRMF regulations will be described in more detail in the Developer Manual for the next application round and in the upcoming GRMF meeting that will take place from 10 to 13 August 2017 in Nairobi.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further clarifications.

Your GRMF team

Save the date: GRMF Workshop in October 20172018-08-03T08:37:51+00:00

Save the date: GRMF Workshop in October 2017

August 13th, 2017

The department of Infrastructure and Energy (AUC) is organizing a GRMF workshop from 10th to 13th October 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The major topics will include:

  • New GRMG Regulations
  • Kick-off meeting for Application Round 5
  • Technical assistance for GRMF
  • GRMF evaluation meeting

Furthermore, a two-days field visit to geothermal projects in Kenya is planned.

Participants will include experts from GRMF eligible countries, African Union Commission, Development Partners (KFW, DFID, and New Zealand) and geothermal developers (public and private developers).

For more information, please contact Mrs Tsemre Esayas, E-mail: Tsemree@africa-union.org; Tel.: +251 11 518 2421 ; Fax : +251 11 518 2450.

Your GRMF team

Results of the 4th Application Round2018-08-03T08:36:31+00:00

Results of the 4th Application Round

June 1st, 2017

We are pleased to announce that 9 projects qualified for grant award in the GRMF 4th AR (4 Surface Studies and 5 Drilling Programmes).

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

No.

Name of Bidder

Country of Bidder

Project Name

Activity

1

Reykjavik Geothermal ehf (RG) Ethiopia Abaya Surface Study

2

Maralal Energy Ltd. Kenya Chepchuk Surface Study

3

Arus Energy Ltd. Kenya Arus Surface Study

4

Capital Power Ltd. Kenya Homa Hills Surface Study

5

Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP) Ethiopia Alalobeda Drilling Programme

6

OrPower 12 Inc. Ethiopia Wondo Ganet Drilling Programme

7

OrPower 12 Inc. Ethiopia Boku Drilling Programme

8

OrPower 12 Inc. Ethiopia Daguna Fango Drilling Programme

9

Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Ltd. (TGDC) Tanzania Ngozi Drilling Programme

The cumulative GRMF financial support – including potential continuation premium, for all qualified applications of the 4th AR amounts to approximately USD 28.8 million.

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

With best regards,

Your GRMF Team

Extension of deadline for documents re-submission by 1 week2018-08-01T12:31:38+00:00

Extension of deadline for documents re-submission by 1 week

February 15th, 2017

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 1 week from the initially communicated deadline on the feedback letter.

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

Best regards,

Your GRMF Team

Full applications received for GRMF financial support to 4th AR2018-08-01T12:24:12+00:00

Full applications received for GRMF financial support to 4th AR

January 23rd, 2017

Dear Madams and Sirs,

Within this press release we are very pleased to announce the pre-qualified developers who submitted their full applications (RfA) for the 4th application round (AR) for GRMF financial support before the submission deadline of 20th January 2017.

The 4th AR started on 2nd November 2016 after the pre-qualification workshop was held. After a two week extension to the initial submission deadline of the RfA phase, on 20th of January 2017 fourteen (14) full applications (RfA) (7 surface studies and 7 drilling programmes) were formally accepted. These 14 RfA were submitted by nine (9) entities (three public and six private) from four – out of the eleven GRMF countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda).

Country Applicant Project
Ethiopia Reykjavik Geothermal ehf (RG) Abaya SS
Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP) Alalobeda DP
OrPower 12 Inc. Wando Ganet DP
OrPower 12 Inc. Boku DP
OrPower 12 Inc. Daguna Fango DP
Reykjavik Geothermal ehf (RG) Tulu-Moye DP
Kenya Maralal Energy Ltd. Chepchuk SS
Arus Energy Ltd. Arus SS
Capital Power Ltd. Homa Hills SS
Olsuswa Energy Ltd. Barrier DP
Tanzania Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Ltd. Kisaki SS
Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Ltd. Ngozi DP
Uganda Geothermal Resources Department Kibiro SS
COZUMEL Energy Ltd. Katwe SS

With best regards,

Your GRMF Team

Extension of Q&A submission deadline to 06 January 20172018-08-01T12:26:37+00:00

Extension of Q&A submission deadline to 06 January 2017

December 27th, 2016

Dear project developers,

as there has been a 2 week extension of the submission for applications in the AR 4, we want to inform you that also the period for inquiries will be prolonged accordingly.

This means that you still can send us your questions until Friday 6th of January 2017.

The answers will be published at the latest on Friday 13th of January 2017.

We do hope that the clarifications given will enhance the quality of your applications, so please consider the possible advantages of this extension.

Again we want to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Your GRMF team

EXTENSION OF RfA SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR AR 42018-08-01T12:21:36+00:00

EXTENSION OF RfA SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR AR 4

December 19th, 2016

Dear project developers,

As there has been requests submitted to GRMF for postponing the submission deadline for handing-in full applications (RfA) to the AR 4, a 2 week extension of the submission deadline has been approved.

The new submission date is: Friday 20th of January 2017 (time and location remain the same).

We do hope that this extension provides you with ample time to submit applications in the best quality to GRMF – being the main intention for granting this extension.

Merry Christmas and a Happy new year for you and your families.

With kind regards,

Your GRMF team

Start of 4th AR full application phase – document upload and pre-bidding workshop2018-08-29T10:11:23+00:00

Start of 4th AR full application phase – document upload and pre-bidding workshop

November 8th, 2016

Dear applicants,

we are happy to inform you that the AR 4 full application documents have been uploaded on the password protected section of the GRMF webpage (the password has been provided in the pre-bidding invitation letter sent to you).

We thank you all for your participation at the pre-bidding workshop on 31 October and 01 November at the AUC HQ as well as the feedback you have provided during the sessions. We hope we have been able to ensure your preparedness for delivering quality full applications on 09 January 2017.

Further, we are still to upload the revised draft grant contracts – this is expected to happen in due time. We urge you to check the protected area frequently.

Also, we would like to remind you to use the question and answer option – we shall publish relevant answers on the webpage on a regular basis.

We are looking forward to receiving high quality applications and wish you all the best in preparing these.

With kind regards,

Your GRMF team

Information on receiving 4th AR Expression of Interest – 12th August 20162018-08-01T12:05:00+00:00

Information on receiving 4th AR Expression of Interest – 12th August 2016

August 30th, 2016

The AUC officially acknowledges that on 12th August 2016 fourteen (14) Expression of Interest (EoI) for the GRMF 4th Application Round were received on time and were accepted for bid opening, which took place on the same date. The fourteen EoI consisted of ten (10) Surface Studies and four (4) Drilling Programmes (apart from five (5) SS projects all included a request to support related infrastructure to upgrades). The EoI came from 3 countries (Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda) and were submitted by private, as well as public entities.

The following table provides an overview of the submitted applications:

No

Name of Bidder

Country of Bidder

Project Name

Activity

1. Reykjavik Geothermal ehf Ethiopia Abaya Geothermal Surface Study
2. Geological Survey of Ethiopia Ethiopia Alalobeda, Afar Rift Tendaho Graben Drilling Programme + I
3. Maralal Energy Limited Kenya Chepchuk Geothermal Project Surface Study + I
4. Geothermal Exploration Limited Kenya Ol’Rongai Geothermal Project Surface Study + I
5. Orpower Twelve Inc Ethiopia Wando Ganet Drilling Programme + I
6 Orpower Twelve Inc Ethiopia Boku Drilling Programme + I
7. Orpower Twelve Inc Ethiopia Daguna Fango Drilling Programme + I
8. Geothermal Resources Department Uganda Uganda Kibiro Geothermal Prospect Surface Study
9. GIDS Consult Ltd Uganda EL0725 Buranga Surface Study
10. Arus Energy Limited Kenya Arus Geothermal Prospect Surface Study + I
11. Kenya Electricity Generation Company Limited (KenGen) Kenya Eburru Geothermal Prospect Surface Study + I
12. Capital Power Limited Kenya Homa Hills – Homa Bay County Surface Study + I
13. Boortmalt NV Ethiopia Boku Geothermal Area Surface Study
14. Boortmalt NV Ethiopia Kone Geothermal Area Surface Study

Currently, a completeness check, as well as the identification of potential rejection grounds has been completed which is now being followed by the evaluation. It is envisioned that all applicants shall receive feedback regarding their applications in the first half of October 2016.

All applicants with successful EoI in AR 4 – including those who have already passed the EoI stage in the AR 1 to AR 3 but have to-date not managed to submit a successful RfA, will be invited to the mandatory pre-bidding workshop which is to take place at the AUC HQ in Addis Ababa on 31 October and 01 November 2016. Invitation letters shall be sent accordingly.

With kind regards,

Your GRMF team

Announcement of upcoming GRMF pre-bidding, ESIA/Procurement and Geothermal database workshops2018-08-01T08:27:34+00:00

Announcement of upcoming GRMF pre-bidding, ESIA/Procurement and Geothermal database workshops

July 14th, 2016

Dear all.

We would like to announce that on the tentative dates 31 October and 01 November 2016 we are planning to hold the following three workshops/meetings:

  1. The GRMF pre-bidding workshop (mandatory participation for all applicants qualified to submit an RfA to the GRMF 4th application round) and related face-to-face meetings with applicants.
  2. Two workshops (organized in parallel) for providing explanation on GRMF Procurement regulations and the new GRMF ESIA regulations (all GRMF beneficiaries from AR 1-AR 3 and applicants to submit RfA for AR 4 must attend)
  3. Geothermal database workshop (to be attended by representatives from GRMF eligible countries and donors)

Please do reserve these tentative dates for your participation in these workshops.

We shall announce further information in due time.

With kind regards,

Your GRMF team

GRMF information materials for download2018-08-01T08:28:00+00:00

GRMF information materials for download

July 14th, 2016

Dear all.

Please do find below the download-links to the GRMF information materials (brochure, booklet and flier), which were disseminated in hard copy during the geothermal workshop at the AUC HQ on 13/14 June 2016:

grmf_booklet_dina5.pdf

grmf_brochure_dina4.pdf

grmf_flyer

With kind regards,

Your GRMF team