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INTRODUCTION

Geothermal is one of the energy resources of the country.

Along the Ethiopian Rift Valley, about 14 sites (i.e., Dalol, Tendaho, Abbe, Teo, Danab, Meteka, Dofan, Fantale, Kone, Gedemsa, Tulu Moye, Aluto Langano, Corbetti and Abaya)were investigated for their geothermal energy potential which extends some 400 km NNE from latitude of 60 N to latitude of 90N.From amongst these sites, EEPCo owns and operates the Aluto Langano geothermal plant.

A feasibility study on geothermal power development at the Aluto Langano geothermal field has been conducted in March 2010 by consulting firms Ernst and Young ShinNihon LLC, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) and West Japan Engineering Consultants. In order to meet the increasing demand for electricity in Ethiopia, EEPCo has established a project named Aluto Geothermal Power Plant Expansion Project Phase III to generate 70 MW electric Power from geothermal resource at Aluto.

The Aluto Geothermal Power Plant Expansion Project Phase III has the following components:

  • Drilling of 20 Deep geothermal wells,
  • Heat gathering system (from geothermal wells to the power house),
  • 70 MW power plant construction including switchyard,
  • 132 KV 13 km transmission line from the proposed Aluto power plant to Adami Tulu substation,
  • Substation construction at Adami Tulu, and
  • Access road construction.
  • The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) has prepared Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)for Aluto Geothermal Power Plant Expansion ProjectPhase IIIto be financed by the World Bank.

    The ESIAreport has been prepared in accordance with the Federal Environment Protection Authority (FEPA) laws and regulations and the World Bank safeguard policies.

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