Today, the U.S. Government through the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) signed a grant with Kalahari GeoEnergy Limited, a Zambian geothermal development company, for a feasibility study supporting a 10-20 megawatt geothermal power project. California-based Geologica Geothermal Group was selected by Kalahari GeoEnergy to carry out the study which will provide technical and environmental analyses needed to advance the project.
Zambia’s Minister of Energy, the Honorable David Mabumba, was on hand for the ceremony at the Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Zambia, during which U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz signed the grant on behalf of USTDA, along with Peter Vivian-Neal, CEO of Kalahari GeoEnergy.
“USTDA is excited to support new projects across the energy generation, transmission, and distribution sectors, which will expand access to reliable electricity in Zambia,” said Lida Fitts, USTDA’s Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa. “These projects represent excellent opportunities for U.S. businesses to export technologies and services in support of Zambia’s infrastructure goals.”
During the ceremony, USTDA also celebrated a second grant which was signed with Standard Microgrid Initiatives Limited, a Zambian minigrid development company. The award will provide a feasibility study to support the deployment of 150 containerized microgrid units using U.S. technologies. USTDA also announced approval of funding for a third activity in Zambia that will support design advisory services for construction of a 400 kilovolt high-voltage transmission line between Zambia and Mozambique. This regional activity has multiple beneficiaries including Zambia’s state-owned utility ZESCO Limited.
“This grant is an endorsement of the work Kalahari GeoEnergy has conducted to date, and of Zambia’s Bwengwa River geothermal resource, which we can now validate as a source of stable, sustainable power,” said Peter Vivian-Neal, CEO of Kalahari GeoEnergy. “This type of power source is essential for economic development.”
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.