Monday, December 27, 2010

Ethiopia’s biggest hydropower plant resumes services

Source:APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
Ethiopia’s biggest hydro-power plant, Gilgel Gibe II hydroelectric power station, resumed generating its 420 MW after collapsing 11 months ago, APA learnt here on Monday.

The Ethiopian Electric and Power Corporation (EEPCO) said that the plant, which is located at 250km south-east of Addis Ababa the capital, started generating power as of late Sunday following the completion of maintenance works.

The plant was constructed with an over 300 million Euro investments by the Ethiopian government, and launched early in 2010.

A section in the head race tunnel collapsed at 9km from the outlet, 11 months ago.

The plant has around 26km-long tunnel, which is the first of its kind in the country, and in Africa.

Gilgel Gibe II hydroelectric power station is expected to alleviate shortage of power supply in the country.

Currently, Ethiopia, home to around 80 million people, is generating around 2,000 MW of power.

The country’s power supply has reached around 40 per cent,which is expected reach to over 70 per cent in five year time.


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