Ethiopia - Electricity Generation

No activities have been performed in the country, and the geothermal development is still at the initial level of 1999, with a pilot plant at Aluto-Langano. The possibility of an expansion is under consideration, as well as a new plant at Tendao (Teklemariam, 2010).

Development since WGC2010: no new plant.

Installed capacity 7.3 MWe                      
Geothermal Electricity 10 GWh/y

Source:  Ruggero Bertani, Geothermal Power Generation in the World 2010-2014 Update Report


Installed geothermal generating capacity (December 2009) in MW

Aluto-Langano 3.0

Despite of the very promising potential of the country, located on the African rift geothermal anomaly, in Ethiopia since 1999 no new plant has been realized, and the 7.3 MW unit installed at Aluto-Langano field (Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation), after several operational problem, is currently producing for about 3 MW (figure 16), from a reservoir with 300°C at 2,000 m depth.
The second proven field of the country (Tendaho, 250°C at shallow depth) has a feasibility project for about 20 MW. 
Six additional geothermal prospects have been launched, but the lake of foreign investors is the most important limiting factor for the future development in this country. 

Taken from Ruggero Bertani’s paper, " Geothermal Power Generation in the World 2005–2010 Update Report ", published in Proceedings of the World Geothermal Congress 2010, Bali, Indonesia, 25-29 April 2010