According to Tulu Moye Geothermal Energy technical head, Sigurgur Gerison, Ethiopia is a country in the Rift Valley of East Africa and has great potential to generate geothermal energy. He said there is a potential of up to 2,000MW of geothermal energy in Tulu Moye.
According to Gerison, 10 different boreholes will be drilled in two phases to generate 150MW of power.
The project site manager, Rufat Maina, said the first well had been completed and the second had been drilled with more than 1,000m out of the 2,500m required has now been excavated.
Experts say the project will create jobs for the local community, and upon completion, it will create a variety of job opportunities besides providing electricity.
Construction of the Tulu Moye geothermal power project, which is being undertaken by Tulu Moye Geothermal and KenGen Kenyan companies, is expected to be completed in two years with a cost of US$800 million.