Power distribution sub-stations in eight towns are going to be rehabilitated and upgraded with a finance of 339 million Br from the World Bank’s (WB) International Development Association (IDA).
This is according to the agreement the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) signed with the Chinese firm China Electric Power Equipment & Technology Co. Ltd. (CET) on February 5, 2015, for the project, which is expected to be finalised within a year and a half.
CET took the project, which covers the distribution, rehabilitation and upgrading of electric networks in Addis Abeba, Adama, Dire Dawa, Hawassa, Bahir Dar, Dessie, Jimma and Mekelle. The project also includes installing automated technologies for control supply systems and performing quality control on the electric distribution system.
“The aim of the projects is to solve the problem of power outage occurring in those towns. It is mainly caused by the capacity problems of the distribution systems,” said Misikir Negash, external relations director at the EEP.
Misikir attributed the problem of power outage to the age and capacity of the transformers and sub-stations currently in operation. The new expansion will enable the power distribution stations to accommodate the increasing power to the distribution and national grid system, according to Misikir.
In the coming two years, the power utility monopoly is expecting the power supply upsurge from Gilgel Gibe III, which has the capacity of producing 1,870Mw, and currently in the final stage to start power supply by the end of the current fiscal year. The Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which will have a total power supply capacity of 6,000Mw, is also expected to generate power by the end of 2015/16 fiscal year.
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