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Ethiopian Electric Power Co. to lease additional generator
The ever rising electric demand has indeed placed the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) in a pressing situation.
According to the corporation, the country’s power demand is growing at the rate of 13 percent and the gap between the power generation capacity and the demand for power is 129 MW. To meet the growing demand the corporation late in December installed two generators each having the capacity to generate 30 MW in Adama and Bishoftu towns.
To mitigate the problem the corporation has imported and distributed 350,000 energy efficient bulbs. However, the two generators are unable to fill in the gap.
Misiker Negash, acting head of the public relations department, told The Reporter that EEPCo was in the process of releasing the third generator from international companies.
Misiker said the corporation had also finalized preparations to import 4.5 million bulbs. Both projects will be financed by the World Bank.
In recent weeks, the erratic power shedding has reached the point where businesses are unable to operate properly. Some are incurring loses due to the unscheduled power outage. This is not the first time for the corporation to start power rationing without announcing to the public. According to Misikir, the corporation will give a press conference on the state of the power supply next week.
“They tell you that they had started power rationing when they had already done so a month ago,” said an observer.
At the moment, EEPCo’s maximum electric generating capacity is 814 MW, 80 percent hydro and 20 percent geothermal and thermal. EEPCo is undertaking massive hydro-power projects. Tekeze (300 MW), Gibe II (420 MW), Beles (460 MW), Gibe III (1870 MW) and Fincha Amerti Neshe (100 MW).
It is also to set up a wind generator which can put out 120 MW near Mekelle, Adama(Nazareth) and Gondar towns. The corporation plans to construct more than ten hydropower plants.
The corporation is undertaking a study which would enable it to build a geothermal power plant in the Afar Regional State in Tendaho. The corporation needs 124 billion birr to realize these projects.
Ethiopia is rich in clean energy. She has the capacity to be the hub of electric power in the horn. In addition to this, I believe that Ethiopia is also blessed with oil and other minerals. There will come a day when we can say goodbye to the grinding poverty that affects our people. Economic strength coupled with military strength that will function as a deterrent force against foreign enemies will give our country the voice and the security it needs.
However, remember everything depends on our peaceful coexistence, the implementation of democracy and hard work.
Ha So they want to Import 4.5 Million Bulbs, with scarce foreign exchange, then what? sell them for 250 birr each to people in Ethiopia who cannot afford them
Don’t tell me no ruling party member is not going to make a killing from this deal and stash $$$$ abroad
But foreingners who have the technology, will and skills to set up Light bulb factotries in Ethiopia and create 100’s of jobs are shut out?
It is a SHAME to see ethiopia without LIGHT. Weyannes economies with crac head from DC and UK are turning us to Darkness. We bored billions of dollars just to build a dam that is not giving us a single light,now look where the weyannes economy is heading. –to darkness.They can not provide EL to the people rather they leas from Uk so that the country will end up in DEPT for ever. This is what has happend when DEDEB wehyyanes run the country.
This only showes how Ethiopia is growing fast. All dispora please let’s go back home and involved our self developing the country.
God Bless Ethiopian and her leader.
For your information the energy eficient bulbs are free of charge.
At the moment THE BIG MOUTH EEPCo… is undertaking massive hydro-power projects. Tekeze (300 MW), Gibe II (420 MW), Beles (460 MW), Gibe III (1870 MW) and Fincha Amerti Neshe (100 MW) bla bla bla.tired of these lies
Deha nehilmu kibe baiteta…
hono kere eko jegna.
Just shut up and do not let other know how stupid and ignorant you are.
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