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Second Wind Farm To Commence Power Generation

Published on: Thu, 2013-09-12 00:00
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Built in Tigray State, the second wind farm of the country with 120 MW power generation capacity is set to commence operation.

Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation Public Relations Officer Miskir Negash told newBusinessEthiopia.com that 99 per cent of Ashegoda Wind Farm is completed.

The Project, which has already been partially commissioned with 30 MW and in operation, is being constructed by a French firm Vergnet SA. It is financed by French based financial institutions.

Contract administration and construction supervision consultancy is being done by Lahmeyer International GmbH, Germany.
Ashegoda,located 775 kms north of Addis Ababa is expected to cost up to 210 million euros to go fully operational.

When officially commissioned, it will be the second of its kind, after the earlier inauguration in 2012 of the 51 MW Adama I wind power project._

The Ethiopian government plans to have a power generation of about 890 MW, power projects commissioning of about 10,000 MW by the end of the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP).

The Ethiopian government estimates the country has power generation potential of between 45,000-50,000 MW from hydro sources, a whopping 1.3 million MW from wind power, and more than 5,000 MW potential from Geothermal Project.
The country has so far reached a power generation capacity of 2,178 MW of which 98 per cent are from hydro sources, while the rest 81 MW are from wind power projects, and 7 MW geothermal projects.

Miskir also noted that the massive 6,000 MW Grand Renaissance Dam hydro project, which is being built on the banks of the Blue Nile has had 25 per cent of its work completed, while the Gibe III hydro project, being built on the banks of the Omo River in SNNP, has had 76 per cent of its work completed so far.

Source: Walta Information center (WIC)

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