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


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 (

With best regards,

Your GRMF Team