Energy Djibouti explores geothermal energy to power country By Staff Writer July 19, 2022 Creative Commons Drilling has started at Lake Assal in Djibouti to source of geothermal energy Icelandic engineering firm Verkis is conducting a feasibility study for the direct use of geothermal energy at Assal Lake in Djibouti, one of the 22 countries of the MENA region. The study will provide guidance for international best practices regarding the sustainable use of geothermal resources. The project will be carried out for the Djiboutian Office of Geothermal Development (ODDEG), a government agency that promotes the development of geothermal resources in Djibouti with the aim of reducing oil imports, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving the nation’s quality of life. Djibouti currently has no geothermal facilities but has an estimated geothermal potential capacity of 1000mw. If developed, this will be enough to supply the country’s power demand.