Ethiopia's geothermal project comes
up with encouraging results
Jul 23, 2007 - Xinhua
A geothermal project built in Dubti and Tendaho areas
of north Ethiopia's Afar State, has come up with encouraging
results, the Ministry of Mines and Energy said Monday.
The official Ethiopian news agency quoted Yeheyes
Amedebirahan, an official with the ministry, as saying
that the project clearly showed that the geothermal
energy resource in the areas has a capacity of producing
up to 30-megawatt electric power.
The ministry in
collaboration with the Ethiopian Electric Power Cooperation
and the Energy Market Group Company has been developing
the geothermal energy resource, the news agency reported.
The Ethiopian government has allocated over 880,000
U.S. dollars while the U.S. government has provided
280,000 dollars for the implementation of the project,
said the report.
Six wells have been sunk so far in
order to utilize the immense geothermal energy resource
that exists in the area, the report said, adding that
the geothermal energy obtained from the wells can
provide sufficient electric power to Semera, Dubti
and Logiya towns of the state.
The project will enable
the country export the electric power to neighboring
countries besides meeting the demand of the regional
state when the project goes fully operational, according
to the report.