Toshiba wins order in Ethiopia for small-scale geothermal energy system

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Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions Corporation ( ESS) has announced that Toyota Tsusho Corporation and engineering firm Egesim Energy have received an order for a turnkey project (engineering, supply and construction) of the geothermal energy system for wellheads located in Aluto Langano, in central Ethiopia, which is being developed by Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP). 

Toshiba ESS will be responsible for supplying the steam turbine and generator and this project will be carried out within the framework of the subsidy plan of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Aluto Langano’s well head geothermal energy system is a small 5-megawatt geothermal power plant where EEP plans to start commercial operation in August 2021. Toshiba ESS will deliver its small-scale geothermal energy production system to this Power plant.

The small-scale geothermal electricity production system which has been developed by Toshiba ESS produces electricity from geothermal resources, with powers ranging from 1 MW to 20 MW. It can be installed in a short time for quick commissioning and is a portable power generation system that can efficiently use a small number of drilled wells.

 “We are particularly pleased to receive this plant order, which is our first order in Ethiopia for a power plant. We signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a comprehensive geothermal energy partnership with EEP in September 2014. Under this Memorandum of Understanding, we assisted them in activities aimed at improving the human resources such as the training of some of their executives and managers within our company, through various Japanese government support programs.  In the future, we will continue the initiatives we are currently carrying out to improve human resources and contribute to the development of geothermal energy production in Ethiopia, ” Toyoaki Fujita, director of business development at Toshiba ESS said.

Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa, with a population of over 100 million. Although the country is experiencing economic growth, its electrification rate is 30% * and the country is therefore faced with the need to increase its electrical installations. Ethiopia has a geothermal resource potential equivalent to around 10,000 MW * and the country plans to develop new geothermal power plants with a total capacity of nearly 2,500 MW by 2030.

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