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Djibouti to harness geothermal power resources

On Tuesday, multinational innovation company Toshiba’s energy division concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Office Djiboutien de Développement de l’Energie Géothermique (ODDEG) for the development of geothermal power resources in Djibouti.

The ODDEG, established in 2014, is a government organisation that is responsible for developing Djibouti’s geothermal power capabilities and reports directly to presidency of Djibouti.

The organisation is responsible for the long-term development of the country’s geothermal resources, under which the country plans to promote renewable resources as the basis for a sustainable green economy.

Developing geothermal power resources

Dr Kayad Moussa Ahmed, general manager at ODDEG and Toyoaki Fujita, business development executive for overseas strategy at Toshiba at the signing of the MOU

Under the MOU, the innovation company will be responsible for promoting geothermal resources while providing training for personnel working at the geothermal plants.

According to a company statement, ODDEG is set to draw on Toshiba’s comprehensive capabilities as one of the leaders of geothermal energy equipment, including creation of guidelines for plant operation and management, the development and supply of generation systems, and support in training personnel to operate plants.

At present, Djibouti is said to have an installed generation capacity of 120MW, which is mostly generated from thermal power. The country has to supplement this capacity with power imports from Ethiopia.

However, many sites in the country are reported to be suitable for geothermal power generation, and current plans envisage constructing geothermal power stations with a base capacity of about 50MW.

Geothermal power generation business

Toshiba has advanced its geothermal power generation business on a global scale as the company has delivered 53 geothermal turbines, with a total capacity of 3,400MW to plants in the USA, the Philippines, Iceland and other countries around the world.

In the African market, the corporation is stated to have recently delivered four geothermal turbines to Kenya that are now in commercial operation. In December 2015, the company concluded a MOU with Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Limited for comprehensive collaboration in the geothermal power generation business.


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Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.