Drilling Firms Shortlisted for Corbetti Geothermal Project in Ethiopia

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  • Geothermal developer Corbetti Geothermal PLC just released the results of the Pre-Qualification round for the provision of drilling services and material for 26 geothermal wells in the Corbetti caldera in Ethiopia.
  • The companies participating the ongoing tender represent some of the strongest drilling companies in the world and the result shows strong international interest in geothermal development in East Africa.

The successful companies are in alphabetical order the following:

  1. Baker Hughes – TSAVO Oilfield Services Limited and Parker Drilling (Consortium)
  2. Great Wall Drilling Company
  3. Grey Wolf Drilling
  4. Iceland Drilling Company
  5. KenGen
  6. Marriot Drilling
  7. Schlumberger

Corbetti Geothermal is looking forward to continuing the tender process and expects tenders to be submitted before the end of the year and an agreement signed shortly after New Year to allow drilling to start in early 2021.

Related news: Corbetti signs off on 300MW geothermal project in Ethiopia

The development of the Corbetti geothermal project was commenced in 2011 by Reykjavik Geothermal. In 2014, Berkley Energy through the Africa Renewable Energy Fund acquired the majority interest in the project and was joined by InfraCo Africa in 2015. The Corbetti Geothermal project has been recognized as a priority flagship project for power development in Ethiopia and was the first IPP to sign a PPA with EEP. The project is being built in the Corbetti Caldera area in Oromia, which is in the rift valley some 250km south of Addis Ababa, near the town of Shashamene.

The 3 initial wells will be of standard diameter and drilled deviated to maximize the information gathered from drilling of such wells. Depending on the outcome of the Corbetti exploration drilling a go/no go decision will be made on the drilling of additional production wells in the area for the future geothermal power plant targeted up to at least 150 MWe.

Corbetti Geothermal PLC is developing a geothermal power project in the Corbetti caldera in Oromia, Ethiopia. Berkeley Energy (BE), fund manager of the African Renewable Energy Fund, along with Reykjavik Geothermal (RG) and InfraCo Africa are the principal participants in the project.

Corbetti Geothermal PLC, signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) and an Implementation Agreement (IA) with the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) in March 2020. The PPA sets out the commercial terms for a project of up to 150 MW split into two phases of 50 MWe and 100 MWe . The PPA also grants Corbetti Geothermal PLC a right of first refusal over further geothermal expansion up to 500 MW in the area.

Author: GBA News Desk

Source: Corbetti Geothermal PLC


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