Cluff Geothermal was awarded the Fantale Geothermal Licence, situated around the prominent volcanic centre of Mt. Fantale near the town of Metehara, in July 2015.
Hotspur Geothermal Limited operate under the name Cluff Geothermal Limited in Ethiopia. Cluff Geothermal hold the Fantale Geothermal Exploration Licence.
Cluff Geothermal was awarded funding by the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF), a body supported by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), the German Government and the European Union. This part funded the successful surface works at Fantale which enabled the development of an initial conceptual model and identified exploration drilling targets. It is estimated that the potential geothermal resource at Fantale could sustain a power plant greater than 100 MWe. Electricity generated would be baseload, sustainable and clean.
The Fantale Geothermal Licence area encompasses an area of over 1,200 km2, some of which is located within the Awash National Park (ANP). Cluff Geothermal have worked closely with the local communities, Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) and the ANP to ensure there are no negative impacts resulting from the exploratory activities. The area of interest is situated outside of the ANP, and no intrusive activities (such as drilling) are planned within the park boundary.
The intention at Fantale is to prove the existence of a geothermal resource through exploration drilling before entering full scale production drilling. The subsequent electricity generation will make a substantive contribution to Ethiopia’s target of expanding their sustainable power generation capacity. Cluff Geothermal is targeting power production within five years, though prior to commencing the exploratory drilling phase the Company will negotiate a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Ethiopia’s state electricity provider EEP.