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Djibouti: Lake Assal geothermal project launched

A project to add 50MW-100MW geothermal capacity in the Fiale Caldera in the Lake Assal region of Djibouti got under way on 11 July with an official ceremony launching the drilling programme. Iceland Drilling will drill three 2,500-metre-deep full production wells under a contract signed last year. The first test results are expected in October. The site has been under investigation for more than 40 years, with the first drilling in 1975 and six wells drilled in the 1980s.

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