The Alamatta-Mehoni-Mekelle transmission line built with an outlay of over 273 million Birr is completed, said the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP).
EEP External Relations Head, Misikir Negash said 141km long transmission line carries 230 kilovolt. The project, which is part of the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), would help channel the 300 mega watt generated from Tekeze and the 120 MW from Ashgoda Wind Farm to other lines. Of the over 273 million Birr allotted to the project, 85 percent was obtained from the Africa Development Bank as a long-term loan and assistance, and the remaining covered by the Ethiopian government.
The project was executed by Kalpatur, an Indian company, the head said. According to Misikir, the electric power demand of Ethiopia is growing on average by 35 percent as its economic growth is rapid and continuous. Electric power generating infrastructures are being expanded to meet this, he added. The goal of the GTP is to increase the electricity coverage of the country, which is 55 percent, to 75 percent, he noted. Ethiopia has the potential to generate over 1 million MW from water, wind and as geothermal energy.