Feasibility Study to Move Forward for First Zambian Geothermal Plant

A new geothermal feasibility study to be conducted in Zambia could help the country see development of its first utility-scale geothermal energy plant.

Zambian geothermal company Kalahari GeoEnergy this week received a grant from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to fund the grant. The company selected California-based Geologica Geothermal Group to carry out the study, which will provide technical and environmental analyses needed to advance the 10-MW to 20-MW project.

“USTDA is excited to support this new project, which will expand access to reliable electricity in Zambia,” Lida Fitts, USTDA’s Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, said in a June 13 statement. “This project represents an excellent opportunity for U.S. businesses to export technologies and services in support of Zambia’s infrastructure goals.” 

Lead image: U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, Eric Schultz, signed the grant on behalf of USTDA, at a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, along with Peter Vivian-Neal, CEO of Kalahari GeoEnergy. Credit: USTDA

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