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Comoros Islands: private sector needed for geothermal

Situated off the coast of Mozambique, the Comoros Islands has recently undergone a study to explore its geothermal potential.

According to Think Geoenergy, the study indicates that the Island has the potential to generate between 30-50MW of geothermal power.

However, to continue further exploration and then possibly development further, the project will require private sector support as well as that from donors.

Traditionally dependent on expensive diesel fuel, the island’s volcanic activity holds promise for a cleaner and more sustainable energy future.

Comoros Islands seeks private sector participation

Think Geoenergy reported that through “support from the government of New Zealand, the UNDP and the African Union, a team has been exploring geothermal potential on the island near an active volcano at an altitude of 2,600 metres.

“With the studies it is hoped to evaluate what sites would be potential sites for further studies and possibly a geothermal power plant in the future.”

Looking at gas

Just across the way, Mozambique, recently put out a tender calling for interested developers to bid for the development of natural gas from the Rovuma Basin, which has attracted 14 companies.

Having realised the potential for gas, American petroleum company, Anadarko, said in October that it is confident about its plans of constructing a LNG plant in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.

So far, the exploration of Area One indicates that it contains more than 75 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas reserves, media reported.

The consortium hopes to begin LNG production in the first quarter of 2020. However, Anadarko, who is the operator of Rovuma Basin Offshore Area One, with a holding of 26.5%. has not yet announced its final investment decision.

It is reported that ENH chairperson Oscar Mitha said he was not expecting the decision until Q3 2017.

Initially, Anadarko is targeting to produce 12 million tonnes of LNG a year, using two factories known as ‘trains’, and later on it hopes to raise production to 20 million tonnes a year.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.