Announcements and Reports
The latest report of the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) released on September 3, 2013 outlines significant international market growth of geothermal power worldwide. In 70 countries nearly 700 geothermal power projects are realized or under development.
In relation to current market development GEA Executive Director Karl Gawell states: "The number of geothermal projects continues to grow as more and more countries recognize the potential economic and environmental benefits that geothermal power can bring". The report’s author Ben Matek notes that meanwhile a large number of projects are under development that one or two years ago have been not more than a sketch. “This demonstrates how quickly the geothermal industry is growing internationally," said Ben Matek.
GEA forecasts that 12,000 MW of geothermal capacity is expected to operate on-line in the global geothermal market by the end of 2013. Worldwide, in 70 countries about 11,766 MW of new capacity is under development or construction. Another 27 GW (Gigawatts) of geothermal resource are under exploration that could potentially deliver geothermal power within the next decade. As another highlight, in 2013 in Australia and the United States first demonstration Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) projects produced electricity feeding into the grid. Further geothermal projects are under construction or in the late development phase in counties such as Uganda, France, Tanzania, Chile, and Rwanda. Within the next few years they will operate their first geothermal power plants.
The GEA report focuses profiles from 21 countries on five continents. Highlights include the geothermal development of Kenya, Indonesia, Costa Rica and Japan. Bill Rickard, President of Geothermal Resource Group, expressively welcomes the data collection of GEA. “Geothermal Resource Group has been pleased to provide consulting services and training for the recent expansion of geothermal development in East Africa, ongoing exploration in the Caribbean and Latin America, and the resurgence of development activities in Indonesia,” he claims. The current GEA report “allows us to better focus our efforts in providing resource evaluation, drilling engineering and training services,” confirms Bill Rickard.
The International Report executive summary is available at: www.geo-energy.org. The background data will be publicly released in early October 2013.
Having drilled two exploration wells southwest of Mbeya this year, Geothermal Power Tanzania (GPT) has achieved promising results for potential steam generation in at least two areas. By investing as much as 350 million US dollars into drilling production wells Tanzania could produce first power from a 140 megawatt geothermal plant by 2018.
Tanzania is in need of the development of geothermal energy as hydropower is no longer a reliable source of renewable energy. For years Tanzania has been suffering from recurring droughts causing surface water reservoirs to run dry. To substitute this Tanzania has the ability to unlock a large geothermal potential. The country is located in a favorable geological position sharing the same large fault systems of the East African Rift Valley with Kenya. More than 10,000 megawatts are waiting to be exploited from geothermal reservoirs. Kenya is Africans largest producer of geothermal energy. The country needed about a quarter of a century to establish this form of energy in its national energy supply. In contrast, Tanzania will benefit from the large international technical progress geothermal energy has experienced during the last 20 years. “Tanzania is endeavoring to fast track geothermal development”, GPT Chairman Graeme Robertson said in an interview with Bloomberg.com last week.
GPT owns six prospecting licenses in Tanzania. The company intends to start producing power by the middle of next year with initial development of a 2MW wellhead generator. These modular generator units start generating power once the development of a steam field is completed. This means energy can be produced much faster than awaiting the construction of a large and full equipped power plant. In the medium term the company plans to set up generation units capable of producing five to ten megawatts and eventually higher, depending on the flow rates, says Robertson.
The signing of four Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) at the inaugural Tanzania-Singapore Business Forum 2013 last week, shows both countries are consolidating business ties for the future. Signings were attested by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H. E. Jakaya Kikwete, and his delegation.
Over 200 participants from the infrastructure and energy sector attended the Tanzania-Singapore Business Forum that took place on the 5th of June 2013 at the Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore. Vice Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), Mr. Teo Siong Seng, opened the event by addressing the business opportunities both countries may benefit from. As Tanzania shifts from an agriculture-based economy to an industry and energy based economy there are numerous opportunities for Singaporean companies, stated Mr. Siong Seng. The MOUs signed that day in good faith between Tanzania and Singapore should demonstrate “that the interactions between both business communities will gradually translate into deeper engagements and subsequent collaborations”, expressed the Vice Chairman of SBF.
A total of four MoUs were signed at the Forum regarding trade and investment, the provision of offshore oil and gas logistics, port development, management and operations, and energy development.
Mr. Gideon Nasari, CEO of NDC (front: left) and Mr. Graeme Robertson, Vice Chairman of Intrasia Capital and Chairman of Geothermal Power Tanzania (front: right) signing the MoU for energy development and power production in Tanzania. Signing is witnessed by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Mr. H. E. Jakaya Kikwete (back: mid), and his delegation. Photo: SBF.
The MoU regarding energy development was agreed between Intrasia Capital Pte Ltd (a related party of Geothermal Power Tanzania Limited) and the National Development Corporation Tanzania (NDC) who signed the MoU to cooperate and negotiate in good faith definitive Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements and related agreements for, among other things, the exploration and development of geothermal resources in Tanzania and the development of power stations in Tanzania. The development of geothermal power stations will be supported by Singapore industrial expertise and investment support.
Mr. Graeme Robertson, Chairman of Intrasia Capital, stated that Tanzania’s growth of about 7 % GDP per annum and its large population will increase power consumption. Intrasia Capital is now strongly integrated in the energy sector in Tanzania by developing fossil and geothermal resources for power generation, commented Mr. Robertson.
Fostering the development of geothermal power in Tanzania by signing the MoU within the Tanzania-Singapore Business Forum 2013 is unique moment in the history of Tanzania and implies the country has embraced the new era of renewable energy.
Africa has the capacity to be the most promising upcoming geothermal region. Not only Kenya, but other countries located along the East African Rift Valley reveal a compelling geothermal potential that can be unlocked for environmentally friendly energy production.
In keeping with its slogan “Africa has been earmarked as the next hot market for geothermal development”, the GeoPower Africa 2013 conference invites speakers and visitors to the Hyatt Regency in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 16 and 17, July,2013.
Geothermal Power Tanzania Ltd (GPT) will attend GeoPower Africa 2013. In his “60 second speaker interview” Dr. Horst Kreuter, a director of GPT, gives a résumé on the notable progressions Africa has made in developing geothermal energy as a renewable energy resource. Horst emphasizes the necessary technical advancement required, regulatory issues, investor’s demands and where the African geothermal industry will be within the next few years.
Read the full interview here: 60 Second Speaker Interview with Dr. Horst Kreuter
Meet and discuss with GPT at GeoPower Africa 2013 in Tanzania.
Last week a government-hosted workshop on the plan to developing a "Geothermal Legal and Regulatory Framework" took place in Dar-es-Salaam/Tanzania. The country is willing to tap its geothermal potential as the prospective renewable energy resource.
The aim of the event was to prepare a base on which an effective legal and regulatory framework for the support of geothermal development in Tanzania could be established in the future. Currently, the government uses the existing Mining Act to share licenses to companies and enterprises interested in geothermal development. A new regulatory framework allows considering geothermal separately and adequately.
Besides the Tanzanian government workshop co-organizers have been the African Development Bank (AfDB), British High Commission, supported by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). Participants from various facilities and companies gathered at the event. Geothermal Power Ltd. was represented by Cedric Simonet (COO) and Horst Kreuter (Director). The fact that private stakeholder attended the sessions proofs that GPL meanwhile has set relevant aspects in the discussion on a turnaround in the energy policy of Tanzania. As a PPP between the Government of Tanzania and a private developer the first steps in the development of the geothermal resources have already been taken. The first geothermal exploration well in Tanzania was started in January 2013.
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Tanzania is rich in geothermal resources. The country has the potential to cover at least 10 % of its power shortfalls by deep geothermal energy. Geothermal Power Tanzania Ltd. (GPT) now expedites geothermal exploration in the volcanic regions from Ngozi to Livingstone faults.
For years, Tanzania focuses the development of renewable energy. From the country’s high potential of solar, biomass, hydro- or geothermal power, only hydroelectric power was vastly developed during the past, with unreliable working plants. Meanwhile, due to recent droughts, hydropower production dropped down to a minimum. Owing the deficient developed grid more than 80% of the population are not connected to electric power.
Tanzania is in need of base-load power generation. Geothermal energy can help to overcome these problems. The country is rich in deep geothermal resources and bears promising prospects, particularly in the volcanic regions of Ngozi, Rufiji, Mbeya and Livingstone faults. After his visit to Kenya, the Tanzanian President stated to track the Kenyan proficiency and to push geothermal development in Tanzania. GPT allocates 5 million USD for geothermal exploration. GPT chairman Graeme Robertson revealed to target the volcanic regions of Mbeya and surroundings. Prospecting licenses of Rufiji and Mbeya have been issued to GPT. In strong cooperation with the Tanzanian government GPT will continue exploring the geothermal resources of the country.
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12/6/12: Presentation at 4th African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo-C4) in Nairobi, November 2012
Dr. Michael Kraml (COO of Geothermal Power Tanzania) presented the exploration results and utilization concept at Mbaka fault at the ARGeo-C4 conference held on 21st to 23rd of November 2012 in Nairobi.
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See Graeme Robertson (CEO of Geothermal Power Ltd) in a news flash from Capital TV at the press conference held on 16th of May 2012.
Geothermal power is one of the solutions to solve the Tanzanian energy demand, today and in the future. Geothermal power is renewable, environment friendly and offers base load electricity. Tanzania is a part of the East African rift valley stretching from north to south with many features like volcanoes and hot springs. Consequently it has high potential for electricity production.