USTDA supports geothermal project development in Zambia Geothermal Energy Chile Geyser Andes Water Vapor 970440The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has signed a US$1.5mn grant with Kalahari GeoEnergy Limited, a Zambian geothermal development company, for a feasibility study supporting the development of a 10-20 MW geothermal power plant

The grant was signed by US Ambassador to Zambia, Eric Schultz, on behalf of USTDA, at a ceremony at the US Embassy in Lusaka, along with Peter Vivian-Neal, CEO of Kalahari GeoEnergy.

Kalahari GeoEnergy selected California-based Geologica Geothermal Group to carry out the study, which will provide technical and environmental analysis needed to advance the project.

The plant, which is expected to be the first geothermal generation facility in Zambia, will add new renewable energy capacity to the Zambian grid and will expand access to reliable electricity. “This grant is an endorsement of the work Kalahari GeoEnergy has conducted to date, and of the

“This grant is an endorsement of the work Kalahari GeoEnergy has conducted to date, and of the Bwengwa River geothermal resource, which we can now validate as a source of stable sustainable power,” said Peter Vivian-Neal, chief executive officer of Kalahari GeoEnergy. “This type of power source is essential for economic development.”

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

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