Development of a geothermal direct use project in PK20 Ambado


This Technology Transfer Advances Djibouti's

  • Nationally Determined Contribution to avoid 1.8 MtCO2e of future emissions, reducing its emissions by 40% compared to the reference scenario. Implementing conditional measures would enable the reduction of an additional 0.9 MtCO2e, or 20% of GHG emissions by 2030 compared to the reference scenario. The conditional mitigation scenario would therefore allow the Republic of Djibouti to maintain its level of emissions at the equivalent of 2010 levels.


The Republic of Djibouti has commited to emission reductions of 40% by 2030 compared to business as usual scenarios. In order to explore geothermal energy as a means to reducing greenhouse gases, the Government has established the Djiboutian Office of Geothermal Energy Development (ODDEG), and the Djiboutian Agnecy for Energy Management. The former has started drilling of two geothermal shallow wells in the PK20-Ambado area to confirm the viability of the resource in this area. Depending on the productivity of the geothermal wells, the project envisions implementing geothermal energy for milk pasteurization, small scale agriculture, and industries for local communities.  The  ODDEG requested CTCN assistance with plans for implementation.

CTCN Support

Identify the best technologies for the implementation of this project and increase the capacity of the Djiboutian Office of Geothermal Energy Development.

Expected Impact

  • As the development of geothermal energy is included in Republic of Djibouti's Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), this technical assistance collaboration will potentially enable the coutnry to utilize geothermal direct use in area PK20.
  • Reduced emiisions due to replacing other energy forms with geothermal energy
  • Increased job creation and poverty reduction in project area, reducing vulnerability of the local community  


Date of submission
Geographical scope
Renewable energy

Project details

Cross-sectoral enabler
Capacity building and training
Economics and financial decision-making
Final type of assistance
Technology identification and prioritisation
Request NDE
Direction de l’Aménagement du Territoire et de l’Environnement
This technical assistance advances the following Sustainable Development Goals