East African Countries Submit 17 Expressions of Interest for the 6th GRMF Application Round

The AUC has acknowledged that on 29 July 2020 seventeen (17) Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility’s 6th Application Round were received on time and were accepted for bid opening, which took place on 3rd August 2020.

According to the AUC the seventeen EoI consisted of ten (10) Surface Studies (SS) and seven (7) Drilling Programmes (DP). Eight (8) projects included a request to support infrastructure upgrades.

The EoI came from six countries (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia) 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. Empakaa Energy Limited Kenya Emuruepoli Surface Study
2. M&M Trans Africa Trading PLC Ethiopia Boseti Surface Study
3. M&M Trans Africa Trading PLC Ethiopia Kone Surface Study
4. Office Djiboutien de Développement de
l’energie Geothermique (ODDEG)
Djibouti North Ghoubbet Surface Study
5. Office Djiboutien de Développement de
l’energie Geothermique (ODDEG)
Djibouti Alol Surface Study
6. Red Rose Boseti Limited Ethiopia Boseti Surface Study
7. Red Rose Meteka Limited Ethiopia Meteka Surface Study
8. Savannah Renewable Energy Limited Kenya Turkana Surface Study
+ Infrastructure
9. Tanzania Geothermal Development
Company (TGDC)
Tanzania Ibadakuli Surface Study
10. ZESCO Limited Zambia Chongo Surface Study
11. Bantu Energy Uganda Limited Uganda Panyimur Panyigoro Drilling Programme
+ Infrastructure
12. Geothermal Development Company Ltd. (GDC) Kenya Menengai West Drilling Programme
+ Infrastructure
13. Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) PLC Kenya Eburru Drilling Programme
+ Infrastructure
14. Office Djiboutien de Développement de
l’energie Geothermique (ODDEG)
Djibouti North West Assal Drilling Programme
+ Infrastructure
15. Tanzania Geothermal Development Company (TGDC) Tanzania Songwe Drilling Programme
+ Infrastructure
16. Marine Power Generation Ltd Kenya Mt. Margaret Drilling Programme
+ Infrastructure
17. Sosian Energy Limited Kenya Sosian Menengai Highland Drilling Programme
+ Infrastructure


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 6 – including those who have already passed the EoI stage in the AR 1 to AR 5 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.

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