About Us




This Facility is implemented under the New Zealand and the African Union Commission Partnership Arrangement, signed at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in June 2017.

Target countries



The target countries for the Facility are those within Eastern and Southern Africa that have geothermal potential and are eligible for Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility funding, specifically: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Eritrea, Djibouti, Comoros, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo.




 The overall goal of the NZ-AGF is to expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy in East African nations through the increased use of geothermal energy resources. 

The focus of the Facility is to provide technical assistance for geothermal development that will be reflected in an increased number of geothermal energy projects meeting investment criteria, expanding investment and local participation in the geothermal sector to build on the region’s successes to date.

Project Updates




A major milestone has just been achieved in Ethiopia with the announcement in mid-December 2019 that KenGen has started the mobilisation of its drilling rig for the Tulu Moye IPP geothermal project. Around 48 truckloads of drilling hardware will be sent to the project site by KenGen. These events confirm that Ethiopia is set for a very good year ahead in geothermal.




Naivasha is quickly gaining a reputation as an emerging investment hub, thanks to resources such as cheap geothermal power, vast land, and easy accessibility to Nairobi. Naivasha is now home to more than 50 flower farms.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the development of the Naivasha Industrial Park on Dec. 17, 2019. This sets the development of the first special economic zone in Nakuru County. The Trade and Industrialization Cabinet Secretary said the project will go a long way toward establishing industries that will improve the region’s economy.



 TGDC advertised in December for applicants for two key, senior level staff positions:

· Director of Business Development  and 

· Manager Geoscience Services.

These appointments confirm that TGDC is making steady progress towards commencing drilling in 2020



The Geothermal Development Cooperation (GDC) of Kenya is training 12 geologists from Uganda and Tanzania on a collection of geosciences data in a move aimed at unlocking the continent’s unexploited geothermal energy Resources.

Key topics to be covered include geothermal systems and global occurrence, development, tools for geothermal resource mapping (geoscientific information), overview of geophysical methods used in geothermal exploration and geothermal mapping using ground temperature measurements & Temperature Gradient Holes (TGH).

Contact Us

Facility Manager, Markos Melaku, is based in the AUC in Addis Ababa to identify and coordinate projects and will be responsible for the operation of the NZAGF. 


New Zealand Africa Geothermal Facility

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