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Ethiopia: US provides $1.5 million for Tulu Moye Power Project

TagsEnergy Access, Finance and Investment, Renewable Energy

The United States, through the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), has committed $1.55 million in technical development for the Tulu Moye Geothermal Power Plant Project in Ethiopia.

This new grant will enable project development and accelerate the schedule to design the 50-megawatt geothermal power plant, a statement from the US embassy in Addis Abeba said.

When completed, the project will be the first independent power project to generate power at a commercial scale and one of the largest geothermal power plants in Ethiopia, a country with substantial untapped geothermal resources that can provide significant baseload power. 

Ethiopian company TM Geothermal Operations PLC (TMGO) is developing the Tulu Moye project, which is approximately 100 kilometers southeast of Addis Abeba. DFC’s technical development will provide funding for up to $1.55 million to support detailed design work for the new power plant at an earlier stage in the project development process, enabling the Tulu Moye geothermal plant to deliver the first 50 megawatts of electricity to the Ethiopian power grid more quickly.

After development is completed, DFC will evaluate additional financing for the implementation phase. 

TMGO kicked off drilling on 04 March 2020 at its project site, Tulu Moye, in Arsi Zone of Oromia Regional state, Iteya District.

“DFC’s technical development builds upon this recent progress and longer-term U.S. government support for the nation’s power sector, including by Power Africa, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury,” the statement said.