In a recent interview, Katsuki Morihara Chief Representative of the Ethiopia of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) shared his office support of geothermal development in Ethiopia.
JICA is providing grant aid of about USD 18 million to introduce a portable geothermal power plant with the capacity of 5 MW. Its generation capacity is rather small but it is easy to install.
At the same time JICA is also exploring the possibility of projects in the Afar area, as well as carrying out preparatory surveys for a large-scale geothermal power plant at Aluto-Langano. In addition, a JICA expert has been working in government institutions in the energy sector including the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy to provide policy advice as well as coordinate JICA’s cooperation in the field.