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Ethiopia completes 420 MW hydropower plant

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January 11, 2010 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopia will officially inaugurate a newly constructed hydro power plant, Gillgel Gibe II, sister project of Gibe I, next week, said the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) today.

Constructed at a cost of 373 million Euros, the 420 MW electric power generating Gibe II will be the biggest power plants ever constructed by Ethiopia.

The new power plant, which is a continuation of Gibe I uses water from Gibe I to the Omo river to exploit the large altitude difference between the two Gibes.

According to EEPCo, the actual completion of Gillgel Gibe II was delayed by 20 months due some natural difficulties encountered up on drilling the 26 Kilometers-long tunnel.

Construction of Gibe II was launched in 2005 by an Italian company, Salini Construttori, the same company which took the contracts for the construction of three power projects laying along the Omo River valley.

Some 2,100 Ethiopians and experts from 30 countries have taken part during the 5-year construction period.

The new power plant will increase the generating capacity of Ethiopia by 30%.

As mentioned above the total cost for the Gilgel Gibe II hydro power plant is 373 million Euros. , the 220 million Euros was funded as soft loan from Italy and the rest was covered by the Ethiopian government and the European Investment Bank.

Two months ago Ethiopia inaugurated Tekeze, and now Gilgel Gibe II.A third one, Beles will go operational in the first quarter of 2010, securing Ethiopia’s power demands.

It is historic for Ethiopia to open three new hydropower plants in less than a year, says CEO of Ethiopian Electric Power Company Meheret Debebe

Italian Foreign minister- led delegation is due to arrive in Ethiopia on Wednesday to be at the inauguration ceremony Gibe II, embassy in Addis said Tuesday.

(ST)

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  • 13 January 2010 03:03, by thieleling

    Excellent news!! This is great for Rural, remote areas in Ethiopia. This is also good for neigbboring countries if Ethiopians extend their expertise or export electricity at its nearest border towns.

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  • 13 January 2010 03:58, by James John

    This is real a good thing to do for follow citizen, this is how government should be. better than Dinka government.

    we have the largest filla Dam in Sudan why government doesn’t care about this?? shit! And this Dam will help us with our income but just corrupt government.

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    • 13 January 2010 23:50, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

      To thielleling, Johnq

      "Squeezing Sudan"

      Do you know how long it takes them to build that Hydroelectric? second here is build to pushes Sudanese out inwards. If you see the map of sudan south East, what make its slopes is Ethiopian over take more land in lawless East-south east Law region. Omo valley people look exactly like you people and they are by continuing mistreated like the way we get treated Arab here.

      It take Long time change things,Education here is the matter. It is built by Engineering personal; and all southern sudan engineers are going political Rubbish that murders people. It take a time to build the nation after civil war.

      Tone of liberators

      Nguetbuny

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