MIGA has increased the guarantees issued to Tulu Moye geothermal project in Ethiopia

  • The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency of the World Bank (MIGA) has increased the guarantees issued to Tulu Moye SAS of France covering its equity and quasi-equity investments in Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations Plc of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
  • The Ethiopian company is building a geothermal power plant in Oromia Regional State.
  • The original guarantees of $67.5 million were issued in 2021 for a period of up to 15 years against the risks of breach of contract, expropriation and war and civil disturbance, which have now been increased to $117 million, $49.5 million over the original amount. 

The project consists of the design, development, construction, operation, and maintenance of Phase 1 of a planned 150 MW greenfield geothermal power plant. Power generated in Phase 1 will deliver up to 50 MW that will be sold to Ethiopian Electric Power, the state-owned utility, under a 25-year power purchase agreement.

Ethiopia is endowed with an abundance of hydropower capacity and is one of the few countries in Sub-Saharan Africa that generates nearly all its energy from renewable sources. Despite its significant clean energy reserves, Ethiopia’s energy sector is characterized by a large energy access deficit. The country’s over-reliance on hydropower makes its energy supply susceptible to droughts.

To diversify the energy mix away from hydropower, Ethiopia plans to gradually introduce alternative sources of energy such as solar, wind, and geothermal. The successful completion of the first geothermal plant will provide an alternative energy source and result in baseload energy production.

This project will be one of the first geothermal independent power producers in Ethiopia. The second phase will involve the development of 100 MW over the next five years. Phase 1 is expected to be operational by the end of 2023. The MIGA guarantees cover activity for Phase 1 only.

The project has been employing around 280 persons, of which about 13% are female. The workforce is housed in camps near the drilling and construction sites.

MIGA also used the IDA Private Sector Window MIGA Guarantee Facility, which provides a shared first loss layer of up to $40.95 million, of which IDA’s share is $32.76 million.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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