Power Africa in Djibouti

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The page below gives an overview of the energy sector in Djibouti.


Population: 940,000 | GDP (1): $2.96 billion

Djibouti has abundant solar, wind, and geothermal natural resources, as well as  extensive coastline and dedicated port facilities. The country has the potential to generate more than 300 megawatts (MW) of electric power from renewable energy sources, and much more from other resources, given its coastline and proximity to fuel-producing nations of the Gulf. Djibouti currently has just over 100 MW of installed generation capacity, of which only 57 MW is reliably available to serve a population of 940,000 and its key industries. Djibouti’s geothermal resources have been recognized for years, and exploration activities are currently underway to identify economic vapor resources.

Despite high resource potential and opportunities for cross-border export, Djibouti’s power sector faces issues, including overall coherence of planning and goals, infrastructure development, deal flow and market entry for independent power producers (IPPs). Most of these issues may be resolved with regulations, institutional capacity building, and interconnection protocols. The potential for enormous development in the energy sector in Djibouti remains high.


  • Total Installed Capacity (2): 126 MW

    • Termal: 126 MW

Power Africa new MW to date at financial close: 0 MW


  • Current Access Rate (3): 42%
    • Urban: 53%
    • Rural: <5%
  • Power Africa new connections: 0



  1. https://data.worldbank.org/country/djibouti 
  2. https://www.africa-energy.com/database/datatool
  3. https://www.iea.org/reports/sdg7-data-and-projections/access-to-electricity

Last updated: October 20, 2021

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