18 August 2014

Ethiopia: Projects With 8,000mw Generating Capacity On Track

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Artist's impression of the Renaissance Dam, under construction on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia.

Construction of the hydropower dams with an aggregate generating capacity of 8,000mw power is well in progress, the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy has said.

The Minister, Alemayehu Tegenu said that construction of hydropower dams is being undertaken to realize the target set in the five year plan, which is increase hydropower generating capacity to 10,000mw from the current 2,268mw.

Gilgel Gibe III, is one of the projects being undertaken. Some 86 percent of the construction of the dam has so far been completed, he said. Up on completion, the dam will generate 1,870mw power.

Other projects that are being constructed in various parts of the country are also well in progress, he added.

Alemayehu stated despite its huge potential for hydropower, 45,000mw, Ethiopia has developed and uses only 2,268mw power.

Alongside constructing new hydropower dams, expansion of existing dams such as Tekeze and Gelgel Gibe II is being carried out, he said.

The dams being built in various parts of the country will help increase citizens' access to electricity and earn additional revenue from its sale.

The Minister said a master plan enabling to the nation to generate power and wisely utilize the country's abundant resource has also been prepared.

He said his ministry has been working in order to accelerate energy development to meet domestic power demand and export to neighboring countries.

Beyond its political and economic benefits, Ethiopia's ongoing energy development endeavor would help create an East African power pool thereby enhancing the anticipated regional integration, Alemayehu said.

An installation of more than 1,000km-long Ethio-Kenya power transmission line that can carry close to 2,000mw has been finalized recently, he added.

Ethiopia has also signed a memorandum of understanding with South Sudan and Yemen to export electric power.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

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